Published June 26, 2012
WACO, Texas – A Texas man is facing animal cruelty charges after police said he ate a dog while high on synthetic marijuana.
Michael Terron Daniel, 22, was arrested Monday for the June 14 incident, KWTX-TV reported.
Police investigated after receiving a report of a man "going crazy" at a Waco home.
When they arrived, Daniel told officers he was on a "bad trip" from the synthetic marijuana, known as K-2. He had apparently assaulted several people at the home.
He dropped to all fours and chased a neighbor "while barking and growling like a dog," Waco Police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.
Daniel then grabbed a dog, beat and fatally strangled it and "began to bite into the dog, ripping pieces of flesh away," according to Swanton.
Officers contacted paramedics because Daniel was incoherent. While waiting for them to arrive, Daniel reportedly asked police to fight him or use a stun gun on him to help end his bad trip, Swanton said. The officers declined.
Daniel was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. He was arrested Monday at his workplace, charged with cruelty to a non-livestock animal and booked into McLennan County Jail.
Like the designer drugs sold as "bath salts," synthetic marijuana -- also sold under the name "spice" -- has been known to make some users aggressive and behave in a bizarre manner.
Over the weekend, 23-year-old Matthew See was arrested in Costa Mesa, Calif., after he allegedly smoked spice and then broke into an elderly couple's apartment and assaulted them while speaking gibberish.