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Petersburg puppy survives getting thrown against wall, window

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PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) -

A puppy, thrown repeatedly against a wall and then through a glass window, miraculously survived in Petersburg. The man convicted of the abusive attack, James Corey Malone, 34, was sentenced Monday. Malone will spend six months in jail, and never be allowed to have a companion animal again.

The tan, velvet-soft puppy was only two months old, when animal control officials say he suffered sickening abuse. Now, less than a month later, the lab-mix has boundless energy. He's recovering at Petersburg Animal Control.

"I think he needs to learn how to be treated gently," said Debbie Broughton, the chief warden of Petersburg Animal Control.

The pup is nicknamed "Staples," for the five surgical staples across his chest. They're scars from the gut wrenching attack, according to Broughton.

Officials say Malone took the puppy to his estranged girlfriend's home in Petersburg. After an argument, Malone threw the six-pound dog up against the side of the house, repeatedly.

"[There were] signs all over the side of the house that he had been thrown into the house more than one time," described Broughton.

The baby animal was then sent through a window, shattering the glass.

"…Blood on the inside floor and the puppy," continued Broughton.

The woman in the home called police. Officers arrived to a barely-moving puppy, with two broken ribs and lacerations to his paw, chest, and belly.

"The police officers, the magistrate, even the defendant himself, didn't believe the dog was going to survive," said Kenneth Blalock of the Petersburg Commonwealth's Attorney Office.

However, Staples showed his strength. He's nearly completely healed less than a month later. He loves to play, and show affection. Now, Staples has just one more obstacle- finding a loving home. Staples will be available for adoption in 11 days. Contact Petersburg Animal Control at 804-732-3654.

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