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Prosecutors: NJ Man Pleads Guilty To Animal Cruelty Charge

Zoey the injured Chihuahua. (credit: Essex County Prosecutor's Office)

Zoey the injured Chihuahua. (credit: Essex County Prosecutor’s Office)

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A Newark man pleaded guilty to an animal cruelty charge after kicking a Chihuahua in the head.

Oswald Hall, 61, pleaded guilty to the charge on Friday.

Back on Jan. 1, 2012, Hall kicked his girlfriend’s sister’s Chihuahua named Zoey in the head while wearing boots, Essex County prosecutors said.

The kick caused the dog’s eye to pop out. Eventually, vets had to remove Zoey’s eye altogether.

Hall had a prior case involving animal cruelty, according to prosecutors. In September, 2011, prosecutors said he injured his girlfriend’s dog after hitting it in the head.

“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,” Assistant Prosecutor Dawn D’Amico said in a statement.

Hall, who is currently behind bars on an unrelated case, is expected to be sentenced in August to 364 days in prison for injuring Zoey.

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