Florida Man Bites Dog’s Eye Out Of Socket

LAKE WORTH, Fla. — A South Florida man is facing an animal cruelty charge after authorities say he bit a small dog on the face, seriously hurting its eye.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies responded to a Lake Worth animal hospital early Friday morning and found a Shih Tzu named Cujo with his eye hanging out of the socket.

The dog’s owner told deputies that her son, 36-year-old David Etzel, had been drinking and teasing the dog, prompting the dog to bite Etzel. She said Etzel then bit the dog back. A veterinarian told deputies the injuries were comparable to being hit by a vehicle or attacked by another dog.

Deputies later found Etzel asleep at his home. He told them he would never hurt the dog.

Etzel was being held on $10,000 bail. Jail records didn’t list an attorney.

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Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.