Beaten dog goes home with Oregon officer who saved him

(Courtesy: Eugene Police Department)

EUGENE, Ore. (KOIN) — A dog that was badly beaten in Eugene is going home with the officer who saved him.

Eugene Police announced Tuesday that no one came forward to claim Earl the dog in court and a Lane County Judge placed Earl with Officer Robert Rosales.

Police say Rosales was essential in getting Earl access to emergency medical treatment. He also helped collect donations and used his own money to get that medical care.

Back in April, 24-year-old Zachary Ralston was seen by a security guard at the Valley River Center choking, throwing, kicking and punching a small dog. Police stopped Ralston’s car and found the small dog inside nearly beaten to death. Ralston was also in possession of meth and heroin, according to officials.

Veterinarians say when Earl was brought in his heart rate was 50 beats per minute. A normal heart rate for a dog that size is between 100 and 160 beats per minute.

Ralston was sentenced to 30 days in jail for the beating. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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