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Hearing set for man charged with killing Chihuahua with golf club

February 27, 2012 |  8:13 pm

Larry Edward JaurequiAn arraignment has been set for a Riverside County man charged with fatally striking a Chihuahua with a golf club, authorities said Monday.

Larry Edward Jauregui, 58, is scheduled to be arraigned March 19 at the Hall of Justice in Riverside. He is facing one count of animal cruelty and an enhancement of personal use of a dangerous or deadly weapon, the Riverside County district attorney's office said.

Jauregui, a Menifee resident, was charged after officers responded to a call and found that the 6-pound dog had been struck with a golf club.

The blow had knocked the Chihuahua into the air, the district attorney's office said in a statement. The dog was taken to a nearby animal hospital but died from its injuries.

Witnesses told police that Jauregui intentionally swung the golf club and hit the animal, according to the district attorney's office.


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