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]

Photo credit: Patrick

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  1. What a worthless creep this Dustin Rickels is. Hope he gets punished for this heinous act
    Feel so sorry for the poor wee dog. Glad to read it will survive.

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