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Authorities: Gainesville man tied dog to railroad tracks, left it to be killed by train

A Gainesville man is accused of tying a dog to railroad tracks, “leaving it be hit and killed by an oncoming train,” according to authorities.

The incident happened last month off White Sulphur Road, as authorities received a call about a dog on the tracks. Gerardo Damian-Rosas was arrested Dec. 1 and faces a charge of felony aggravated animal cruelty.

“There was evidence that the dog had been purposefully tied to the tracks, which ultimately led to his death,” said Mike Ledford, director of Hall County Animal Services, in a news release. “This was an egregious act of cruelty against a defenseless animal, and our department works tirelessly to hold those responsible for such acts accountable.”

Damian-Rosas was booked into the Hall County Jail and released Dec. 2.

“Those facts, as I understand them, are not accurate at all,” his attorney Mike Weaver said Tuesday.

Weaver said he was still investigating the case, but he said he believes “there’s a lot of misunderstanding of what happened.”

“I am confident that down the road this case will be resolved,” the attorney said.