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Menifee Man Accused Of Beating Neighbor’s Chihuahua To Death With Golf Club

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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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