In Vista, California, an Oceanside man accused of torturing and poisoning his neighbors’ dogs for months was ordered held on $1 million bail on Friday, according to the District Attorney’s Office. David Christopher, 36, pleaded not guilty to felony animal neglect, animal cruelty and misdemeanor vandalism.
The disturbing details of Christopher’s alleged torture to neighborhood dogs included mutilating their pets – one of who still remains missing and is presumed dead. Fox 5 San Diego reports Herbert has been alleged as going to his next door neighbor’s home in April and torturing the family’s two Huskies; one dog lost his eye after it was gouged out. The other dog suffered acid burns both inside and outside of its body. The owners believed an intruder tried to force them out of their home. The family moved to another home, however the two dogs of the new tenants went missing one month later. One of their dog’s was found roaming the neighborhood. Police believe Herbert had injured or killed their other dog. Lala, the family’s golden retriever has never been found. That family also moved away.
In addition the neighbors also reported repeated vandalism to their vehicles as well as trespassing into their homes.
Herbert was arrested on Wednesday after a motor vehicle stop. He had been honorably discharged from the Navy after serving six years. There has not been any motive cited for the abuse of the dogs. If found guilty of all the charges, Herbert faces up to 16 years in prison.
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