David Etzel bites a dog, and the incident between the little Shih Tzu and the 6-foot-8-inch, 375-pound Florida man is ending with the dog being blind in one eye and Etzel spending one year in prison. In addition to prison, Etzel has also been ordered by a judge to get anger management and alcohol treatment.
As reported by the Miami Herald on November 7, when a man like 37-year-old David Etzel bites a dog much smaller than him, he needs help. And as the Sun Sentinel reports, all Michelle Etzel, David’s mother, ever wanted was for her son was for David to get help. “I think he might finally [get help],” Michelle Etzel said, “which is what I’ve wanted all along.”
According to Michelle Etzel, the incident of the 37-year-old man biting the dog occurred in her home which her son shares with her. Apparently, David was drunk and playing with the Shih Tzu named Cujo when the little dog nipped at him. In response to the little dog’s nipping, David grabbed Cujo by the neck and bit him so hard in the face that the dog’s eye popped out of its socket.
After David Etzel bit the dog, Michelle Etzel’s son landed in custody and Cujo at a clinic where veterinarians were able to put Cujo’s eye back in, but he will be permanently blind in that eye. If dogs could talk, Cujo might be asking why he had to pay for something that wasn’t his fault.
The David Etzel bites her dog incident was clearly only the tip of the iceberg for Michelle Etzel. During Friday’s court appearance, she told Circuit Court Judge Barry Cohen that while she didn’t want to see her son in jail, it was a desperate plea for help. “I’m afraid that when he gets out [of prison], he’s going to try and hurt me,” she said. “He said that if I throw him out of the house, he would set me and the house on fire. I am afraid of him.”