A Palm Beach County man caught on camera punching and slapping his dog has surrendered the animal to authorities.
Boynton Beach Police said Monday they were made aware of a “deeply concerning video” showing a man punching a dog in Intracoastal Park in Boynton Beach.
An officer went to the park to investigate before turning the case over to animal cruelty investigators. The owner and the dog were located, police said. The man was interviewed by police, and the dog, Addison, a 2-year-old pit-lab mix, was taken to a vet’s office for examining.
Police said the man’s home would be checked out to ensure the safety of his other animals, and then Tuesday, the man surrendered the dog following that visit.
Investigator Liz Roehrich said the man expressed extreme remorse and said he understands the gravity of his actions. She also said that two other dogs in the home, ages 11 and 13, appeared to have been well taken care of, and based on her observations, there is no probable cause to remove them.
“Adi can now look forward to finding a forever home filled with love and gentle hands,” Roehrich said.
A criminal investigation is ongoing.
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