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Man gets prison for biting dog, popping eye out of socket

November 7, 2015

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to a year in prison for biting a small dog on the face and choking him so hard his eye popped out.

Local media reports that a Palm Beach County judge sentenced 37-year-old David Etzel on Friday. He was convicted Tuesday of felony animal cruelty.

Etzel’s mother told deputies in April that her 6-foot-8-inch, 375-pound son had been drinking and was teasing her shih tzu named Cujo, prompting the dog to bite him. She said Etzel then bit the dog back.

Veterinarians were able to put Cujo’s eye back in, but officials say the animal is permanently blind in that eye.

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