KITCHENER -- Police say they have charged a man after reports of alleged dog abuse in Waterloo.

In a news release, officials say police responded to the area of Albert Street and University Avenue West around 7:40 p.m. on Feb. 27. They say a witness saw a man striking a dog several times and recorded the man on their cell phone.

An 18-year-old man was charged with causing distress to an animal.

The dog was transferred into the care of the humane society.