Man Accused of Strangling Dog Until Eye Popped Out of Socket Must be Imprisoned

Target: Phil Parsons, Jones County, Iowa Attorney

Goal: Seek the maximum possible sentence for man who reportedly confessed to strangling a small dog until his body went limp and his eyeball popped out of its socket.

An eight-pound Shih Tzu/Maltese was reportedly strangled until his body went limp and one of his eyes popped out of its socket. Officers say they found the poor animal behind a house with his eyeball out of its socket and bleeding. The dog had to be transported to the veterinarian for emergency treatment, but is expected to make a full recovery.

The owner, Krystal Keppel, made a Facebook post explaining what happened to her poor dog. Thankfully, someone saw the post and called the police. When detectives showed up to check on the welfare of the animal, 31-year-old Dustin Rickels admitted to them that he strangled the poor dog until he went limp. His excuse was that the dog had been using the bathroom inside the house and he chewed up a retainer. So, Rickels apparently thought strangling an animal was appropriate punishment. This man has no business being around animals if he’s so prone to violence that he would strangle an innocent dog. Please add your signature to the petition below to demand that Rickels receive the maximum sentence that the law will allow.


Dear Mr. Parsons,

A small dog’s eyeball reportedly popped out of its socket after the animal was strangled. The man accused of this animal cruelty admitted to strangling the poor dog until his body went limp. The dog had to be taken for emergency veterinarian care.

We, the undersigned, are calling on you to be the voice for innocent animals like this dog. Please see to it that this man receives the maximum sentence possible.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Strangle him to death BASTARD death penalty.

  2. 1st off, by NO means is that blob of wasted ugly space a man! Make no mistake, men are not cruel to helpless animals, period. No, the creature that did this unbelievably shitty and cruel act upon this poor pooch is nothing but a STINKING COWARD!
    Throw the coward in a cell with a very angry dog loving cellmate and leave it there for at least 5 yrs. Make sure it does NOT get any parole and is occupying a cell at a MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISON with HARD LABOR the entire time the coward resides there. Feed it bread and water once a day and maybe twice on Sun. This world has enough problems without having to deal with trash like that running loose in the world!!

  3. Brigitte St Jean says:

    Hang this fucking bastard and I hope he goes to jail and gets his eyes pop out by one of his inmates!!

    • Crystal Philpott says:

      I agree with you, but hopefully the inmates will shove their cocks into his eye sockets after they pop his eyeballs out. That’s what this p.o.s deserves.

  4. Someone needs to kill this piece of shit. He’s too dangerous to let roam around.

  5. He thought strangling the dog almost to death was appropriate punishment for what dogs do? They pee on the rug sometimes and they chew. DUH! Maybe don’t get one if you don’t get it. Maybe this subhuman’s punishment should be to be strangled right back until his eye pops out. Filthy low life. Should never own a pet again. I’m so done with the rampant animal abuse. Who left the gates of hell open????

  6. Anita Schmidt says:

    Can we hold the idiot owner accountable as well? She did a Facebook post while her dog was suffering and bleeding to death? Someone else had to call the police? Who does that to their pet?

  7. Someone should strangle this cruel scumbag until his eyeball pops out. . . .Good Lord, what makes people so crazy and stupid. . . . I am surprised to read that this fragile little dog survived this ordeal. Poor thing. Put this man behind bars.

  8. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Hope Karma ASSFCKS him with a cactus 🌵❗️😠
    Signed & shared 😡

  9. Sounds like a real catch. Girlfriend could be the next victim with an eye popped out in the backyard.

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