Michael Daniel, a 22-year-old Texan now nicknamed “The Texas Zombie”, smoked a form of synthetic marijuana known as ‘spice’ or ‘K-2’ and turned “Zombie”, causing him to eat his family’s dog while it was still alive.
The incident happened on in Waco on Jun 14, when Daniel suddenly ‘snapped’, and began to run around on all fours like a dog, barking and growling. He also started attacking his neighbours and fellow family members, before grabbing his family’s 40-pound pet dog, beating and choking it to disable it, and proceeding to bite chunks of flesh out of it.
KWTZ was told by Waco Police Sgt. Patrick Swanton that Daniel began to ‘bite into the dog, ripping pieces of his flesh away.’
Officers were called to the scene, where they found Daniel on a front porch with blood and fur around his mouth. Daniel reportedly asked the officers to use a stun gun on him, so that he could get out of his ‘bad trip’, although the officers refused and were able to take him to hospital without the use of force.
Unfortunately the dog did not survive the incident, with Daniel facing animal cruelty charges as a result.
Spice is a synthetic, psychoactive drug with lax laws surrounding it, meaning that it can be bought legally in Texas. It is made with natural herbs and then sprayed with potent chemicals, giving the user a quick high with mind-altering effects, but can often trigger paranoia and anxiety. The drug is often sold with a label saying “not for human consumption”, to navigate around restrictive laws.
Since 2010, several teen deaths have been recorded as a result of the drug. In March, the medical journal Pediatrics issued a warning about the substance, and Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has pushed for a nationwide ban.