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Chihuahua likely to die after man hits it with golf club

January 27, 2012 |  9:39 am

A Riverside County man who allegedly hit a stray Chihuahua with a golf club, sending the small dog through the air, was arrested for suspicion of animal cruelty Thursday, authorities said.

The incident happened after two dogs, the Chihuahua and a poodle mix, became loose in the area of High Ridge Circle in Perris while their owner was at work, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

According to investigators, Larry Edward Jaurequi, 58, of Menifee, grabbed a golf club and then approached the two dogs when they wandered into a cul-de-sac around 2:15 p.m.

"Without reason or cause, the male swung the club against the Chihuahua as if driving a golf ball off its tee. The force of the swing sent the animal flying through the air,'' sheriff's authorities said in a statement released to the press. "The suspect was preparing for a second swing when he was stopped by people that had just witnessed his acts.''

The dogs' owner found the injured Chihuahua as Jaurequi was walking away, the Sheriff's Department stated. The owner rushed the animal to an emergency veterinarian, but the dog is expected to succumb to its injuries.

Jaurequi is being held at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta in lieu of $5,000 bail.

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-- Phil Willon in Riverside

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