Keep Violent Animal Abuser Behind Bars During Pandemic

Target: Gavin Newsom, Governor of California

Goal: Don’t allow the early release of a convicted animal abuser due to COVID-19.

A convicted animal abuser may soon be released from prison after serving only two years of his nearly ten-year sentence. David C. Herbert was convicted of six counts of animal cruelty, one count of burglary, and four misdemeanor counts of vandalism after he tortured multiple dogs, one of which is still missing. Pandemic or not, this blatant denial of justice cannot come to pass.

Two Oceanside families have suffered due to Herbert’s actions, their tires slashed and their pets abused. He inflicted caustic chemical burns on his neighbor’s two huskies, Cocayo and Estrella, and broke into the family’s home to gouge out Estrella’s eye. Lala, a 9-year-old Golden Retriever belonging to Herbert’s other neighbor, disappeared and is presumed dead after her blood was found inside Herbert’s car and on his baseball bat.

The release of nonviolent criminals is completely understandable and encouraged during a pandemic. However, Herbert does not fall into this category and he has proven that he is capable of causing deliberate harm to innocent animals. Sign below and demand that he remains in prison for the duration of his sentence.


Dear Governor Newsom,

A convicted animal cruelty offender is soon to be released from prison early due to COVID-19. David C. Herbert was found guilty of burning two huskies with caustic chemicals, gouging one of their eyes out, and killing a third dog in an Oceanside neighborhood. He was sentenced to nine years and eight months in prison on six counts of animal cruelty, four misdemeanor counts of vandalism, and one count of burglary. Now, he stands to be released after serving only two years of that sentence.

Releasing nonviolent criminals from prison during a pandemic is understandable. However, granting a convicted animal abuser freedom is unacceptable. Can you be sure that Herbert will not attack another innocent animal? His record and his victims suggest otherwise. I demand that you reconsider granting Herbert early parole for the safety of California’s animals.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    Governor Newsom, and ALL governors, should NOT be releasing ANY prisoners due to COVID-19! Prisoners are already in a quarantined situation, so the prison needs to make some necessary adjustments (like many other businesses have and keep them where they are, for their own safety & that of the public! DAVID C. HERBERT must remain behind bars, the same as all other prisoners!

  2. Teresa Zamalloa says:

    Make sure that he is infected before his release … in hopes that his miserable life will end soon.

  3. Gabriela Torres says:

    Dear Governor Newsom,

    How despicable, too bad he hasn’t been contaminated yet, he doesn’t deserve to be released at all! Let him pay for his crime!
    Thank you

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