LAKE WORTH (CBSMiami/AP) – A man is facing an animal cruelty charge after he bit a small dog on the face, authorities said.READ MORE: Attorney: School Gunman Nikolas Cruz To Plead Guilty To Massacre; Parkland Families React
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies responded to a Lake Worth animal hospital early Friday morning and found Cujo, a Shih Tzu, 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.READ MORE: Nikolas Cruz Pleads Guilty In BSO Jail Guard Attack
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.MORE NEWS: Parkland Survivor David Hogg On Potential Guilty Plea: 'It's Horrific That Our Community Has To Continue Going Through This'
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