A horrific video has emerged of a man viciously punching and hitting his cowering dog in a park, sparking a criminal investigation.
The video of the the man repeatedly assaulting his dog, which appears to be terrified of him, was shared to Facebook over the weekend.
The woman who posted it explained she first thought she had spotted a lost dog in the Florida park.
“Was about to go get a leash so I could try to locate her owner, but before I could a car pulled up and a guy gets out and starts calling her,” she wrote alongside the video.
“The dog was reluctant to go to the man, now I know why!”
The man is seen walking with his dog, he then pulls the dog by the leash and bends down, the dog seems reluctant to be close to the man and cowers away.
He then hits the dog three times, before pulling her back up and continues walking.
The woman who shared the disturbing video tagged the Boynton Beach Police Department and provided the man’s licence plate. They later said they were investigating the incident.
The video attracted a fair bit of attention on Facebook, with hundreds of comments and shares.
On Monday (local time) the man in the video was interviewed by animal cruelty investigator Liz Roehrich and the dog, a two-year-old female Pitbull-Labrador called Adi, short for Addison, was seized and taken to a vet to be examined.
“I will do my absolute best to pursue justice for this innocent animal,” Ms Roehrich said.
“We will always investigate acts of animal abuse and neglect in the city.”
Adi was taken to Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control.
The post was then updated on Tuesday, to confirm the owner had “permanently relinquished” custody of Adi.
The man expressed extreme remorse and understands the gravity of his actions, Ms Roehrich said.
When Adi was taken from the man’s custody on Monday, Investigator Roehrich conducted a welfare check on the two other dogs in the home.
The other dogs, aged 11 and 13 “appeared to be well taken care of” and there was “no probable cause to remove them”.
A criminal investigation is still ongoing, the Boyton Beach Police said.
Heartwarming update after disturbing incident
Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control provided a heartwarming update to the story on Thursday.
Adi was released into the care of her former foster dad from years ago, and he has now adopted her, the page wrote.
“It was a very exciting and emotional reunion for all involved!” Friends of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control wrote on Facebook.
“Addison will now be living a wonderful life surrounded by love. She will even be reunited with two of her puppies (now adults)!”
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