Navy vet­eran ac­cused of tor­tur­ing two dogs

David Her­bert, 36, of Ocean­side is ar­rested af­ter a third dog goes miss­ing, po­lice say.

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Debbi Baker debbi.baker @sdunion­tri­bune.com Baker writes for the San Diego Union-Tri­bune.

SAN DIEGO — A 36year-old Navy vet­eran has been ar­rested in Ocean­side in con­nec­tion with the tor­ture of two huskies and the dis­ap­pear­ance of an­other dog that po­lice said was the vic­tim of a vi­o­lent as­sault.

David Her­bert was taken into cus­tody Wed­nes­day at his home, Ocean­side po­lice said. He is ac­cused in the tor­ture of two huskies named Estrella and Co­cayo, who were at­tacked April 28 in their own­ers’ home on the street where Her­bert lives.

One of the dogs had her eye gouged out and the other was forced to drink a caus­tic liq­uid. The fam­ily was not home dur­ing the at­tackm and the dogs have since re­cov­ered.

The fam­ily, whose car tires were slashed, moved out right af­ter the as­sault.

A new fam­ily moved into the house, and on May 30 re­ported that both their dogs were miss­ing. One of the an­i­mals re­turned home, but the other, a golden re­triever mix named Lala, did not.

Po­lice said they be­lieve Her­bert took the dog from the fam­ily’s home and sub­jected her to a “vi­o­lent as­sault which caused in­jury.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tors searched Her­bert’s home in July and ex­e­cuted an­other war­rant Wed­nes­day. He was ar­rested with­out in­ci­dent, of­fi­cials said, and was booked into jail on sev­eral charges — in­clud­ing an­i­mal abuse, us­ing a deadly weapon in the com­mis­sion of a felony, res­i­den­tial bur­glary, van­dal­ism and petty theft.

If con­victed, he could spend 16 years in prison, po­lice said.

Her­bert served six years in the Navy and re­ceived an hon­or­able dis­charge. Po­lice have not dis­closed a mo­tive for the crimes.

Ed­die Mendoza

ESTRELLA, a husky, had her eye gouged out dur­ing an April at­tack at her owner’s home in Ocean­side. A neigh­bor faces charges in con­nec­tion with the as­sault.

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