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The suspect who allegedly assaulted a man who confronted him about how he was treating his dog has turned himself in to Saanich Police.

On Monday July 6, Ted Penston was on the deck of his property when he saw the man allegedly choking, kicking, and throwing around a small dog at Brydon Park, across the street from him.

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In a phone call with Victoria Buzz on Thursday, Penston said there were a handful of women with their children in their park, screaming and asking the man to stop the abusive behaviour. That’s when he stepped in.

When Penston approached the man and confronted him about his treatment of the dog, Saanich Police spokesperson Cst. Anastasiades says the dog owner attempted to punch him.

While the punch did not connect, the victim fell to the ground while dodging the hit, after which the suspect kicked him, resulting in minor injuries.

At the time, police issued a statement asking for public assistance in identifying the suspect.

In the aftermath of media coverage, Penston says the suspect’s mother came to his home on Wednesday night and verbally assaulted him and his family.

“She was screaming at me, saying I ruined her son’s life, calling me a liar,” Penston said.

Now, Saanich Police say the suspect has turned himself in and BC SPCA has been notified of his treatment of the dog.

Initially, officers said they planned on recommending assault charges against the suspect.

Victoria Buzz has reached out to Saanich Police for more information about the next steps in this investigation.

With files from Tim Ford.

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