Man found guilty of biting dog, choking him so hard his eye popped out

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Mug shot of David Etzel courtesy of Palm Beach Post

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (November 3, 2015) — A Florida man has been convicted of biting a small dog on the face and choking him so hard his eye popped out.

The Palm Beach Post reports that jurors found 37-year-old David Etzel guilty of felony animal cruelty on Tuesday. He faces a year or more in jail at his sentencing Friday.

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. A veterinarian told deputies the injuries were comparable to being hit by a vehicle or attacked by another dog.