• Puppy tossed from balcony recovering after surgery

    By: Tony Thomas


    GWINNETT, Ga. - A Gwinnett County puppy is recovering from surgery after being tossed off a second-floor balcony.
    The dog's owner is in jail, charged with a felony count of aggravated animal cruelty. Fidel Coronado-Alvarez's attorney hopes to get the charge reduced to a misdemeanor in the coming days.
    Gwinnett County police say Coronado-Alvarez threw the puppy from the second floor because he was upset the dog had just made a mess in his apartment on Windsor Woods Lane just outside of Norcross.
    Dr. Brad Miller performed the surgery on the puppy, which suffered a fractured back leg in the 14-foot fall onto concrete.
    "The surgery went really well. The lower end of his femur above his kneecap was where his fracture was," Miller said.
    The 56-year-old Coronado-Alvarez waived his preliminary hearing Friday and remains in jail. Jack Harrell is his attorney .
    "He didn't intend to do this to the dog," Harrell said. "He didn’t throw the dog over the railing or anything like that."
    Harrell said Coronado-Alvarez tossed the dog outside and the canine simply slid through the railing.
    Miller said the pup will have another week or so of recovery at the Russell Ridge Animal Hospital before likely being given back to Gwinnett County Animal Control.
    It's unclear when or if the dog will ultimately be available for adoption.

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