MENIFEE (CBS) — A 58-year-old man was charged with animal cruelty Tuesday for allegedly beating his neighbor’s Chihuahua to death with a golf club.

Larry Edward Jaurequi, who’s free on bail, could face four years behind bars if convicted.

According to Riverside County sheriff’s officials, the defendant struck the 6-pound Chihuahua, named “Lily”, after the dog and a poodle mix got loose from their owner’s property.

The dogs were roaming the 28100 block of Summitrose Drive when Jaurequi, who lives nearby, approached and “swung the club against the Chihuahua as if driving a golf ball off its tee,” Riverside County sheriff’s deputy Sergio Rodriguez said.

“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.”

The dog’s owner, Barbara Hitchman, arrived soon after and confronted Jaurequi. She took Lily to a veterinary clinic where she died of a lacerated liver, brain damage and a leg fracture.

The poodle mix was uninjured.

Rodriguez said Jaurequi attacked the dogs without “reason or cause”.

» RELATED: Menifee Man Accused Of Beating Neighbor’s Chihuahua To Death

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Comments (15)
  1. Rick says:

    No quiero Taco Bell?

  2. animal lover says:

    it’s sickening how someone could be so cruel to a defensless animal. I really wonder what goes on in their heads, when they are doing this horrible crime. Too bad they may only get 4 years. Animals need to be taken care of lovingly. Feel sad for the owner of the dog.

  3. The Big Logic says:

    4 years works for me if he gets that, which I’m certain he wont.

  4. Buckwheat says:

    As barbaric as this act is, there are a lot of unanswered questions here. Was the man mentally ill or strung out on something? Why were the dogs out of the yard? The dog owner is responsible to ensure they are in their own yard, or on a leash when being walked. Did the dogs bark at the neighbor incessantly and he “lost it”
    and took one out when he had the chance? There are a lot of unanswered questions in this joke of an excuse for a news story…

    1. Jeezus says:

      You’re so smart. Want a cookie?

    2. sparky says:

      The only joke here is your claim to be a member of the human race.

    3. Astonished says:

      While I understand where you are going, you can not “self-help” yourself in the manner that he did. That’s why we have laws.

      Here are some other things to consider:

      1. The neighbors called the owner and she was on her way to get the dogs.

      2. The dog was sitting still on the sidewalk when he approached and hit her, she was not threatening him.

      3. While the dog owner and the suspect live in the same neighborhood, they don’t live close enough to each other for there to be an annoyance factor.

      4. If the dog barked incessantly, you call Animal Control.

      5. He approached the dog and hit her so hard she flew several feet into the air and somersalted in circles at least 3 times.

      6. The neighbors had to stop him from hitting her again.

      7. When the dog’s owner approached him and asked why he hit her 6 pound dog, he threatened to hit her also.

      Is he unbalanced? Most likely, and probabaly just plain cruel. He needs to go to jail so he can find out he’s not such a tough guy after all. I’d hate to think of what he would do it the neighborhood children annoyed this waste-of-breath.

  5. Bill Mulrooney says:

    There is no excuse for this man’s actions. Not only should he get the maximum sentence, but the dog owner should sue him for pain, suffering, and the emotional stress he has caused her. May he pay the price in prison and in his wallet.

  6. Alpha Kenny Juan says:

    Was the doggie killed for his sweater?

  7. kimo says:


  8. fantomette says:

    All off you with your stupid comments, all of you who are treating cruelly animals over there in California you are disgusting, you are a pack of sick sick sick people. You should all get mental treatment.

    1. karen711 says:

      Yeah…blame it on California. Most of the people in California were born and raised in other states numb n ut s. As a born and raised Californian…at least I can say we don’t put the dogs we don’t want in cages that are provided by the side of the road and let them wait for some “humane” guy to come by and put a bullet in their head like some states do. Get a grip and check where most of the animal abuse exists! Everywhere…even in your state.

  9. Sara says:

    Most murderers torture and kill animals. This man is sick and dangerous in my opinion!

  10. WalterandCindy Alv says:

    I just read an article about some guy in Banning getting 6 years for stealing a pit bull pup from a little girl, and this guy is onlyy facing 4 years for brutally killing a defenceless animal. Just wrong, this killer should be facing more than 4 years!

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