NEW DORP — A man bit his puppy on the ear so hard it needed surgery, then told a vet it was a way "to show affection," prosecutors said.
Moshe Sharon, 44, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct charges Friday for biting the ear of his 6-month-old Yorkshire Terrier, Shakshuka, several times, causing a hematoma to the dog, according to the Staten Island District Attorney's office.
Between Nov. 7 to Nov. 11, Sharon bit Shakshuka on the ear near his New Dorp Lane home, prosecutors said.
When Sharon took his pet to the St. Francis Animal Hospital, at 4365 Amboy Road, on Nov. 11 a worker there saw Moshe bite Shakshuka on the ear, prosecutors said. The dog yelped in pain and Shakshuka's ear filled with blood and became bruised, prosecutors said.
"I like biting the dog to show affection, I bite her ear," Moshe told the vet, according to court documents.
Moshe took Shakshuka back to the vet two days later, where he bit her ear again, requiring the dog to have blood drained from it, prosecutors said.
"I can't help but bite her," Moshe said during that visit, according to court records.
He was arrested on Feb. 2 and told officers "I do play hard with my dog," according to court records.
Moshe was charged with torturing and injuring animals at his Feb. 26 arraignment and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on Friday, the DA said.
He was sentenced to 15 days of community service, ordered to pay a $250 fine and is banned from owning animals for three years, the DA said.
Shakshuka was surrendered by Moshe and is currently in good health with a new owner, the DA said.