After video of dog being kicked and punched goes viral, O.C. man turns himself in

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Albert Abad turned himself in Thursday to Anaheim police and was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty.
(Anaheim Police Department)

An Anaheim man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of animal cruelty after a video went viral allegedly showing him kicking and punching his dog in the hallway of an apartment building, authorities said.

Albert Abad, 33, turned himself in around 1:30 a.m. and was being held on $15,000 bail in the case that occurred at the Gateway Apartments near Angel Stadium on Sept. 15, according to the Anaheim Police Department.

Abad was seen on a Ring doorbell camera approaching the black Goldendoodle named Steeler, which he chased through the hall and punched, then kicked repeatedly, Sgt. Shane Carringer said.


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Police said the dog belongs to Abad, who lives in the apartment complex.

Abad turned his dog over to staff at the Center-Sinai Animal Hospital in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, Anaheim police said. He turned himself in to Anaheim police hours later.

Steeler was given by police to Orange County Animal Care and is set to be examined by a veterinarian.

“I understand the emotions evoked by such a disturbing video, depicting the abuse of a defenseless animal,” Anaheim Police Chief Jorge Cisneros said in a statement.