A Newark man has pleaded guilty to one count of third degree animal cruelty after he kicked a small dog in the face, causing its eye to pop out.
Oswald Hall, 61, kicked his girlfriend's sister's dog Zoey, a Chihuahua, in the head on New Year's Day this year while wearing boots, said Assistant Prosecutor Dawn D'Amico, who handled the case. The dog's eyeball popped out as a result of the kick and had to be removed.
Both the sister and the girlfriend were living with Hall at the time of the incident.
Hall also pleaded guilty to animal cruelty for striking his girlfriend's dog in the head on Sept. 22, 2011, causing the animal head trauma.
Both incidents of animal cruelty involved different dogs, according to Katherine Carter, spokesperson for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.
"This is a very, very sad case of man who has a history of cruelty to animals. We hope he and others will get the message that this kind of criminal conduct carries significant penalties," said D’Amico.
Hall is currently incarcerated and is expected to be sentenced to 364 days in prison for injuries to Zoey. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 6 before Judge Michelle Hollar-Gregory.
The incident is part of a rash of recent animal cruelty cases in Essex County.
With temperatures peaking Thursday in the upper 90s, a Maplewood man faces animal cruelty charges after he allegedly left his small dog inside a car with its windows rolled up. The man was found soon found at the Maplewood Community Pool.
A week ago, a Newark woman during an argument over a parking spot.
– Staff reports