OCEANSIDE–A 36-year-old disabled Navy veteran accused of animal abuse was arrested Wednesday by Oceanside police detectives.
Oceanside police officers executed a search and arrest warrant for David Herbert at his Oceanside residence. He was taken into custody at approximately 09:35 a.m. without incident. Herbert had a honorable discharge with 6 years of Naval Service. He does not own or have any animals at his residence. A search of his home for additional items of evidentiary value is currently underway.
On April 28, the Oceanside Police Department became aware of a series of criminal events occurring in the 3900 block of Carino Way. The ensuing investigation revealed additional crimes related to this series of events. The residents at this location moved immediately when their dogs, two huskies, were assaulted inside of the security of their home.
On May 30, the new residents reported both of their pets, two dogs, had been missing from their home. One was recovered by a neighbor, the second, Lala (a golden retriever), never returned home. Through the course of an extensive investigation, it was determined Lala was taken from the home by a neighbor. A search of the suspect’s home was conducted on June 1. Items of evidentiary value were recovered and submitted for evaluation. Based on the totality of the investigation, it is believed Lala was subjected to a violent assault which caused severe injury. She has never been located and her whereabouts are unknown.
Oceanside Police and the San Diego Humane Society have investigated a total of 6 reported criminal cases where two separate residents of the same home have been victimized over a 6 month period. The neighbor, identified as Herbert has been identified as the suspect in these cases.
Herbert is charged with animal abuse, using a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony, residential burglary, vandalism, and petty theft. He is subject to multiple felony charges which could lead to a 16-year prison sentence.