- Associated Press - Friday, March 15, 2019

VISTA, Calif. (AP) - An Iraq war veteran who abused his neighbors’ dogs and gouged out the eye of one animal in Southern California has been sentenced to more than nine years behind bars.

Former Navy corpsman David Herbert also was fined $10,000 on Friday.

Authorities say Herbert targeted next-door neighbors in Oceanside in 2017, slashing their tires and poisoning or burning their dogs with chemicals.

The family moved after one of their Siberian huskies had her eye gouged out.

Authorities say Herbert’s new neighbors had a dog go missing and its blood was found in his car. It’s believed to be dead.

Herbert was convicted last year of 11 charges, including animal abuse and vandalism.

The San Diego Union-Tribune says Herbert apologized during sentencing. His attorney said he suffers from “major depressive disorder.”

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