The suspect who was caught on camera abusing a dog in a social media video has turned himself in to the Anaheim Police Department.
Albert Frank Abad Jr., 33, surrendered to Anaheim police at 1:30 a.m. Thursday after a warrant was issued on Wednesday. He was arrested on suspicion of felony animal cruelty.
The video of him beating and assaulting a dog in the hallway of the Gateway Apartment homes in Anaheim went viral on social media and police were looking for him until he turned himself in.
Prior to his arrest, Abad dropped off the dog, a black gold doodle named Steeler, at a local vet. Orange County Animal Care officials are examining the dog to determine his condition.
“So when OC Animal Care received the dog, their job is to make sure the dog is safe,” said Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley. She said they are tasked with evaluating the dog’s injuries and collecting evidence to present to the Anaheim Police Department, who will in turn present it to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office for the hearing.
In response to the arrest, Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer released a statement, which read in part:
“The violence inflicted on a defenseless animal is disgusting. Dogs love unconditionally and that love was not rewarded with love, but with violence. This behavior is not only abusive, it is criminal. … As a result of excellent police work, will The Orange County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting this abuser to the fullest extent of the law and we will send a strong message that animal cruelty will not be tolerated.”
Abad was due to appear in court on Monday, but paid bail. A search of public records revealed that Abad had also previously been arrested for domestic violence.
Since Steeler was recovered, the Anaheim Police Department has been showered with gifts and statements of support from dog lovers.
“We’ve had tons of phone calls, people have sent cookies to the police, balloons, flowers, lots of social media posts from people expressing their support and gratitude to our detectives here at the Anaheim Police Department who have been working on this case. ‘ said Sergeant Shane Carringer.
Many of those posts have also asked about the possibility of adopting Steeler into a new and more loving home.
“One option could be that the dog could indeed be up for adoption,” Foley said, noting that if the court rules the dog cannot be returned to its owner. “Another option is for it to go to a rescue group.”