Who is David Fritsch Jr? Florida man starves 2 dogs to death as they fed on furniture and feces to survive

Who is David Fritsch Jr? Florida man starves 2 dogs to death as they fed on furniture and feces to survive
David Fritsch Jr is being held on a $4,000 bond (Brevard County Sheriff's Office)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA: A Florida man is facing animal abuse charges after investigators said two dogs starved to death in his care, sheriff's officials said. Reports suggest that the two pet dogs were so hungry before they died that they ate wood and their own feces before dying.

David Fritsch, 33, left his two dogs locked in a master bedroom with no food for several weeks, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said in a Facebook Live post. Ivey called it “one of the worst absolute cases of animal cruelty I've ever seen in my 40 years as a cop." According to the sheriff, the dogs ate chips of wood from furniture, plastic bottles and whatever was there in the room in an attempt to stay alive. “These poor animals were literally eating furniture and their own feces trying desperately to stay alive,” Ivey said.


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Investigators were alerted to the situation in January when someone called about two dogs being abandoned in a home. Fritsch, who was jailed on Wednesday, February 17, on two counts of animal cruelty, allegedly kept the dogs locked in a bedroom of his Canaveral Groves area home, the report said.

According to the necropsy performed on the dogs, pieces of wood from furniture, plastic bottles, band-aids and a plastic bag were found in their stomachs, the sheriff said. Fritsch allegedly admitted to police that he did not feed the animals, according to an arrest report obtained by the outlet. Ivey said Fritsch “did nothing to give [the dogs] food, to give them water, to help them in any capacity.”

Animal Services workers found the dogs dead in the home. During the live video, the sheriff walked Fritsch into the jail. “I guess you didn’t get the memo about don’t hurt animals." the sheriff said.

“Mr Fritsch’s failure to act caused the two canines to endure excessive and repeated infliction of unnecessary pain, suffering and resulted in a cruel death of both canines,” an arrest affidavit said. Fritsch was taken to the Brevard County Jail where he’s being held on a $4,000 bond.

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