Navy veteran accused of gouging out dog’s eye and torturing others

In Oceanside, California a Navy veteran has been accused by police of poisoning and torturing his neighbors’ dogs including gouging one of a dog’s eye out and dousing others with acid. On Wednesday, authorities arrested David Herbert, 36, and charged him with burglary, vandalism, animal cruelty and using a deadly weapon.

According to News10, authorities allege Herbert went to his next door neighbor’s home in April and tortured the family’s two Huskies; one dog lost his eye. The other dog  suffered acid burns both inside and outside of its body. The owners believe 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.

Fox5San Diego described the owners of the dogs had reported at least four vandalism and animal cruelty incidents at the home on Carino Way.

DNA from one of the dogs hasbeen found in Herbert’s car along with items of value recovered in Herbert’s home. A baseball bat also revealed DNA evidence from one of the dogs.

Herbert was honorably discharged from the Navy after six years of service.

Herbert is currently being held at Vista Detention Facility on $1 million bail.

(Photo of Navy veteran and dogs via screenshot of booking photo and GoFundMe)

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21 replies
  1. Christine Brown says:

    Would love to gorge his fucking eyes out and give him a bloody good beating that he will never forget sick BASTARD. Karma will get her revenge on you BASTARD i can guarantee it

    • Pamela D'Angio says:


      • Sherry says:

        If only WE could decide this slimy maggot’s fate. Ah, the world would be a much better place. So sorry to the many animals and families this coward tormented. How does someone become such a worthless piece of crap. I have zero tolerance for this senseless cruelty of defenseless animals. Build a jail on top of this zero.

  2. pennysdachshunds says:

    THIS PUTRID BASTARD NEEDS to BE ELIMINATED from the EARTH!!! He is more than likely a “NEW RADICALIZED” member of a TERRORIST GROUP!!! Not salvageable and WILL only do THIS again ( maybe to Children, Elders ) if THE SYSTEM SO CALLED Rehabilitates hi,!!!

  3. maxiemom says:

    Our military lowered its standards during the Bush years to fight wars on 2 fronts, and, unfortunately, too many people like this are finding their way in. I’m certain I’m not the only person here to notice how many psycho military people we see on this and other sites who take pleasure in abusing their pets. Don’t get me wrong: I still believe most of our military people are honorable. However, there are others, just like with cops, who are attracted to that life, and that’s what they’re no longer weeding out.

    I hope this guy gets what he deserves sooner rather than later and is locked up for as long as possible. This monster should not be allowed out on the streets— EVER.

    • Mark says:

      Being a former navy man the military hasn’t lowered its standard. Its the use of technology that has exposed these assholes. The military has had its share of bad people for years way before the Bush years.

  4. Barkley's Mom says:

    I remember the poor dogs being hurt and the people having to move, I’m so glad they have found out who is doing these things and I hope they throw the book at this monster!

  5. Nancy Raymond says:

    Put this bastard first in line for a trip through the wood chipper – David Herbert deserves no less – he is and has proven himself to a total waste and should be eliminated from this world – whoever prosecutes this maggot will hopefully have a backbone and give him what he deserves.

    • Sherry says:

      yeah, the judges seem to lack a backbone (and /or heart) in these animal torture cases. SHOCKING to me. Can’t understand the lack of empathy for victims and lack of ANGER towards perpetrators! I guess we would all be considered too extreme, but obviously we all want to give the death penalty to them! And we would sleep good at night knowing animals ( and people) would be safer without them on the planet!

  6. Adrienne says:

    Absolutely no excuse or reason for this inhumane torture, but what was his reasoning besides being crazy?Jail is to good for something like this and must have done to him, what he did to all these dogs, and possibly more that were never recorded or found.Can’t always stand behind being a war veteran because there are a lot who have emotional issues when their tour of duty is up, and they don’t commit any crimes.Put him in jail with all the animal lovers and see what happens.

  7. Cynthia Como says:

    OMG! OMG!! OMG!!! This F*CKER NEEDS TO BE DEAD! I’m so damn outraged that my hands are literally shaking! He needs to be skinned alive and tossed into the nearest landfill like the depraved and disgusting POS garbage that he is….he’s worse than garbage! He is SATAN in the flesh! I don’t want him to EVER walk free again,he is a clear and present danger to anything that breathes! DANGEROUS,VICIOUS,DEPRAVED,DEMENTED AND SO,SO EVIL!

  8. yvonne williams says:

    this man dont deserve the air he breathes to do this to an innocent animal he deserves the death sentance how would he like his eyes poked out

  9. Michelle Ruscito says:

    How did this piece of garbage ever get into our Navy? What a total disgrace. I hope his punishment fits the crime but it won’t. So peop,etc in his area get together and beat the shit out him tear out his eyes and burn his body with acid inside and out. Vigilante justice must return courts don’t do enough.

  10. Red says:

    I HOPE THIS USELESS EXCUSE OF A HUMAN NEVER SEES THE LIGHT OF DAY AGAIN!!!! You have to know he is a serial killer in the making with all he has done. Come on legal system… not let this monster out!

  11. Nadya Rossi says:

    He’ll be treated like a king at the Vista jail and the San Diego legal system. I’d like to shoot him. Worthless ghetto trash!


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