*When a Palm Beach Gardens nurse saw a man attempting to drown a pit bull puppy, claiming he was “training” the dog, she contacted the police and then started recording the incident.
Mayda Tress was at Florida’s Critter Beach with her family on Friday when the incident occurred.
She posted the video on Facebook and it has since gone viral.
The nurse says she saw a man with a pit bull pup tied to mangroves in deep water and there was a weight attached to the dog.
“It was very disturbing and the puppy was suffering,” Mayda Tress said.
Apparently, it was when a crowd started to gather and make it known to the man that they did not approve, he told them he was “training” the dog.
Tequesta Police were then called to the scene.
“We got calls about someone drowning a dog, but when we arrived the officer did not see the dog in distress,” Tequesta Police Public Information Officer Corp. Yildiz said.
“I wish we knew about the video Friday,” Corp. Yildiz said.
Though Corp. Yildiz says the officer was not aware of the video of the incident when he responded to the call, witness accounts differ. They claim they did tell the officer while at the scene.
No charges or police reports were filed and police say the man was told to leave the beach with his dog because dogs are not allowed.
“The man was dunking the dog’s head underwater. He claimed he was a dog trainer,” Tress said.
Animal Care and Control Investigators say they are looking into the incident.
“It is definitely something our investigators are going to be reviewing and talking to witnesses and those kind of things,” Capt. Dave Walesky with ACC said.
Walesky says they have information the dog owner may be from a county North of Palm Beach County.