Larry Edward Jaurequi, a Riverside County resident, was arrested on suspicious of animal cruelty after he allegedly hit his neighbor’s 8-year-old Chihuahua, Lily, with a golf club. The dog suffered head trauma, a broken leg, and lacerated liver as a result of the attack. Authorities aren’t sure what provoked the attack. The neighbors had no history between each other, and no complaints against the dogs were previously filed.
“The incident happened after Hitchman’s two dogs, Lily and Benji, a poodle mix, became loose in the area of High Ridge Circle in Perris while she was working around her house.
According to investigators, Jaurequi grabbed a golf club and then approached the two dogs when they wandered into a cul de sac around 2:15 p.m. He swung the club at the Chihuahua “as if driving a golf ball off its tee. The force of the swing sent the animal flying through the air,” sheriff’s authorities said in a statement released to the media.
Hitchman found the dogs a few blocks away, arriving just after Lily was struck as Jaurequi was walking away. Lily was sitting “like a statue,” and her eyes were glazed over, Hitchman told the Press Enterprise.
Authorities said the attack was “totally unprovoked.”
Jaurequi is being held at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta in lieu of $5,000 bail.” LA Times, 30 Jan 2012.
Lily later died from her injuries.