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WATCH: Black Belt Takes Down Man Seen Abusing His Dog


It was a bit of “instant karma” for an alleged dog abuser when a Florida martial arts instructor witnessed him hitting and kicking his dog and took steps to bring the abuser to justice.

“We noticed a gentleman chasing a dog around, and the dog was cowering. And he was shouting obscenities at it, and every time he’d get close, he was swinging and/or kicking at it,” Dennis Davidson, a black belt and instructor of Brazilian jiujitsu at American Top Team Martial Arts in Rockledge, told WESH.

When Davidson confronted the animal abuser, John Snell, Snell began threatening Davidson’s wife, shouting obscenities and pointing toward her. When he began to approach her, Davidson sprung to her defense, putting Snell in a choke hold and holding him on the ground until police arrived.

Police arrested the dog’s owner on charges of battery and animal abuse. The dog was taken into custody to a nearby shelter. Davidson and his wife want to adopt the dog they helped to rescue.

“We’re animal lovers, have several dogs and live on a big property with a fence. Hopefully, we’ll get the dog and it’ll live out the rest of its life with happiness,” Davidson said.



  1. lorraine brooke-sumner

    Dec 19, 2016 at 7:02 am

    Thank you for stepping in & doing the right thing- hero!

  2. Christine Sforza

    Dec 18, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    God will bless you! You ought to be cloned!

  3. karin

    Dec 18, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    hi I am Karin if I witnessed that I would have found a very tall guy to kick his butt I am only 5 foot 5 and I find somebody my like my bro very tall I am against animal abuse of all kinds I had my cats abused by somebody I knew he denied when confronted away me said he said
    I am so proud of the guy who tackled that he get 4 up from my dog tucker good work

  4. Dorothy

    Dec 18, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    That very good that you were in right place at right time amen !!

  5. Celeste

    Dec 18, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Kudos to you-I hope you get the fur baby! I’m tired of hearing how abusers are never caught or get the justice they deserve-Finally!

  6. Cathy

    Dec 17, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Thank you for caring and acting from the heart

  7. Bernie

    Dec 17, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    LOVE ❤️ THIS. We need more voices for the voiceless!!!! Thank you. I do hope you adopt the dog like it states in the article

  8. rieann

    Dec 16, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    good guy we need more like you

  9. bonnie allen

    Dec 16, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    so happy that you were in the right place at the right time,hope you are able to rescue that sweet one, thank you.

  10. Caroline

    Dec 16, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    What a hero

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