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Man to stand trial on charge he killed Chihuahua with golf club

June 20, 2012 |  6:26 pm

Photo: Larry Edward Jaurequi. Credit: Riverside County Sheriff's Department-200wiA Menifee man must stand trial on an animal cruelty charge related to the death of a neighbor's Chihuahua, a Riverside County judge ordered Wednesday afternoon.

Larry Edward Jaurequi, 58, faces counts of animal cruelty and enhancement of personal use of a dangerous or deadly weapon. If convicted, he could face up to four years in custody.

On Jan. 26, Menifee police arrived at High Ridge Circle and Summitrose Drive to find the small dog on the ground after being hit into the air by a man using a golf club. A neighbor’s dogs had escaped from her yard while Jaurequi was getting his mail. Witnesses said they saw Jaurequi swing his club and hit the Chihuahua.

Officers arrested Jaurequi, who posted bail and was released the next day.

Jaurequi’s arraignment will be July 18.

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-- Melissa Leu

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Photo: Larry Edward Jaurequi. Credit: Riverside County Sheriff's Department

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