New York man bites eye out of Shih Tzu, officials say

A New York man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly bit the eye out of his family's Shih Tzu, officials announced Monday.

The Nassau County SPCA said in a news release 20-year-old Aaron Kluger of Port Washington, on Long Island, was arrested after an investigation by detectives.

The dog "Petey" at MS 88 middle school in the neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York, U.S., August 10, 2017. When distressed students at MS 88 middle school in Brooklyn end up at the principal's office, Petey Parker often totters in, tail wagging, to comfort them. The rescued shih tzu mix is the darling of about 1,400 students who call out his name and lean over to pet him if they're having a bad day. "He's like a guidance counselor but in a dog form," said Maciel, an 8th grader at MS 88, donning a Principal's council t-shirt with an image of Petey's face printed on it. Petey joined the MS 88 community last December as one of the first participants in the Comfort Dog program, which is expanding to 30 more New York schools this fall after a pilot of seven last year. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz - RC11C8D2D550

A New York man was arrested after he allegedly bit the eye out of his family's Shih Tzu, similar to the dog above, according to officials.  (Reuters )

Officials said the incident happened on Nov. 6, when the 3-year-old dog named Chloe was taken to an animal hospital with a "serious eye injury."

After Chloe was examined by a veterinarian, it was determined the dog's right eye was bitten out and the SPCA was notified.

The dog later received surgery to reattach her right eye.

"At this time, with proper care and treatment, the veterinarian is hopeful her eye will be saved," the SPCA said.

An SPCA spokesperson told Newsday the 20-year-old was arrested based on information given to the animal hospital by a family member who brought the dog in.

Kluger is due in court again on Dec. 27 to appear on a misdemeanor charge, according to the SPCA.