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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