Dad punches disabled vet in the face for not letting daughter pet service dog
A New York man is being accused of punching a disabled Army veteran in the face at a Dunkin Donuts after the vet wouldn’t let the man’s daughter pet his dog, which was a service animal.
Twenty-one-year-old Dominick Vidal turned himself in to police after security camera footage of him began circulating, reportedly saying he wanted “to claim responsibility for his actions,” according to ABC News.
The attack happened Monday morning. The disabled vet was at the counter of the Dunkin Donuts when Vidal confronted him about the dog.
According to ABC News, Vidal told police he snapped when the vet told him his service dog was off limits.
Police say Vidal told them he became angry with the victim and punched him twice in the face after he told his daughter she could not pet his dog since it was a service animal.
He fled the scene shortly after.
Surveillance footage shows Vidal with a woman and child, presumably the girl who asked to pet the service animal.
In addition to turning himself in, Vidal seems to be showing some remorse, telling police he “should not have done what he did.” He is being charged with third-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child. Meanwhile, the veteran he assaulted was treated for minor injuries and will probably be teaching his service dog some attack commands pronto.