LAKE CITY, Fla. -

A Lake City man is facing animal abuse charges after deputies said he punched his dog in the head and ribs for not complying with his training.

According to a police report, several witnesses said they saw 22-year-old Curtis English punch the dog several times.

Deputies said one of the witnesses stepped in and grabbed the dog, while another one called for help.

Investigators said English admitted to hitting the dog several times and kicking it because he was trying to train it.