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Batman the abused Chihuahua is on the mend

Batman will be available for adoption once his owner's criminal case is resolved.
Batman will be available for adoption once his owner's criminal case is resolved.

Batman, a Chihuahua mix that was rescued from a beating Tuesday at the Marathon City Marina, is recovering well at the Marathon Veterinary Hospital.

That's according to Safe Harbor Animal Rescue of the Keys Executive Director Tara Vickery. Batman is in SHARK's care for now but won't be available for adoption until the resolution of the case against Batman's owner, David Gross, 51.

Gross is charged with felony animal cruelty and causing an animal pain and suffering. He also was charged with failing to register as a convicted felon stemming from a case in Michigan.

Witnesses at the marina told Monroe County Sheriff's Office Deputy Garrettt Bragg that early Tuesday night, Gross picked the dog up by its leash, hanged the animal in the air and bounced him up and down. Gross also allegedly beat Batman and threatened to throw him in the water. 

Vickery expects Batman to be fully under the care of SHARK after Gross' trial wraps up, which could take months.

"Once it's all completed and done, he'll be available for adoption," Vickery said. "He seems to be very adoptable. It's going to be a long case, probably a couple of months until we see a conviction."

Adoption fees for adult dogs at SHARK is $105. It covers spay or neuter, heartworm testing, vaccinations, microchipping and county animal licensing.

As of Friday, Gross was in the Key West jail with no bond allowed.

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