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Real news: Man bites dog

Published:Sunday | November 8, 2015 | 11:00 AM

WEST PALM BEACH,

Florida (AP):

A Florida man convicted of biting a small dog on the face and choking him so hard his eye popped out has been sentenced to one year in prison.

The Palm Beach Post reports 37-year-old David Etzel was sentenced last Friday after being found guilty of the felony animal cruelty a few days earlier.

Etzel's mother told deputies in April that her 6-foot-8-inch (2.03-metre), 375-pound (170-kilogramme) son was drunk when he started teasing her shih tzu named Cujo, prompting the dog to bite him. She said Etzel then bit the dog back.

A judge also ordered anger management and alcohol treatment.

Veterinarians were able to put Cujo's eye back in, but officials say the animal is permanently blind in that eye. A veterinarian told deputies the injuries were comparable to being hit by a vehicle or attacked by another dog.