Prosecutor: Navy veteran stalked, tortured dogs in Oceanside

Posted at 3:15 PM, Aug 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-11 20:14:50-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A Navy veteran accused of pouring acid on dogs and feeding them poison in Oceanside is being held on $1 million bail.

David Herbert appeared in court Friday after his arrest on charges of animal abuse, vandalism, petty theft, residential burglary, and using a deadly weapon.

Oceanside Police said families on Carino Way reported their Huskies were assaulted inside their home in April. One dog had an eye gouged and another was burned with acid.

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The family moved, and within a month, the next residents' two dogs disappeared.

Prosecutors revealed Friday that surveillance video showed Herbert driving out of the area with one of the missing dogs in his back seat.

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Attorneys said Herbert had mental health issues and was treated at the VA Medical Center.

On 10News at 5 p.m., 10News reporter Steve Fiorina hears from the dog owner who cried when prosecutors detailed the animal abuse in court.