MENIFEE (CBS/AP) — A 6-pound Chihuahua died of severe internal injuries after being struck by a golf club by a neighbor.
The Chihuahua, named Lily, and a poodle mix got loose from their owner’s property in the 28100 block of Summitrose Drive in Menifee and roamed into a cul de sac, Riverside County sheriff’s Sergio Rodriguez said.
Larry Edward Jaurequi, who lives nearby, took a golf club with him and walked toward the dogs, Rodriguez said. And with no reason or cause, he “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,” Rodriguez said. “The suspect was preparing for a second swing when he was stopped by people that just witnessed his acts.”
Sheriff’s Cpl. Courtney Donowho says Lily died of a lacerated liver, brain damage and a leg fracture.
Jarequi, 58, of Menifee, was booked Thursday for investigation of felony animal cruelty.
Jarequi posted $5,000 bail Friday and is due in court on March 22. His phone number is not listed.
The poodle mix was uninjured.
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