A dog-lover apparently became violent Monday when he was told not to pet a pooch at Christine Reed Park, the Santa Monica Police Department reported.
According to the police, the man wrapped a chain, with a padlock attached to one end, around his fist and struck the dog's owner in the chest. As he started swinging toward the man's face, the victim dialed 911 on his cell phone.
"Upon arrival, officers met with the victim who stated that he was walking his dog along the park when the suspect started whistling at his dog and tried to pet it," according to the police. "The victim asked the suspect to stop and told the suspect that he did not want his dog touched."
That's when he reportedly became angry and assaulted the dog owner.
The police identified the assailant as Santa Monica resident Kenneth McCray, 34. He was booked into Santa Monica jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a deadly weapon, probation violation and two outstanding warrants.