Accused dog torturer out on bail

Posted at 11:36 PM, Aug 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-23 10:16:19-04

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (KGTV) – A Navy veteran arrested for torturing his neighbor’s dogs is out after posting a million dollar bail.

David Herbert was released Tuesday afternoon after paying his bail with a cashiers check.  Oceanside police say Herbert tortured two Huskies in April. One of the dogs suffered acid burns, and the other was blinded in one eye.

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Investigators also linked Herbert to the disappearance of another neighbor’s dog, Lala.  Lala disappeared in late May, two days after her family moved in next door to Herbert.

“I deserve to know where Lala is at, whether she’s alive or she’s dead. My family deserves to have closure,” Michelle Plaketta, Lala’s owner, said.

Herbert is a disabled veteran that served in the Navy for six years. He also has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Jamaica. Plaketta worries he will try to leave the country.

“That was the very first thing I thought of when I heard he was out on bail,” Plaketta said, “This guy is a monster. He’s violent. I don’t think he has any remorse.”

Plaketta is scheduled in court Wednesday morning.