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Local Man Facing 4 Years For Alleged Brutal Dog Killing: Should Animal Cruelty Laws Be Tougher?

If Larry Edward Jaurequi is found guilty on all counts, is the maximum time of four years behind bars long enough?

An Oct. 29 trial date was set today for a Menifee man accused of fatally beating a neighbor's Chihuahua with a golf club.

Larry Edward Jaurequi is charged with felony animal cruelty and a sentence-enhancing allegation of using a dangerous or deadly weapon for allegedly striking the six-pound Chihuahua so hard that the foot-high animal flew through the air, suffering catastrophic internal injuries. Jaurequi faces four years behind bars if convicted; he is currently free on $5,000 bail.

If he’s found guilty on all counts, is the maximum time of four years behind bars long enough? (Click here to link to Michigan State University's Animal Legal & Historical Center, which provides information on states' laws regarding animals and cruelty.)

Consider the allegations against Jaurequi:

Lily, a poodle mix, wandered away from her owner's home and onto a cul-de-sac in the 28100 block of Summitrose Drive, near High Ridge Circle, where Jaurequi lives, sheriff's Sgt. Sergio Rodriguez said.

The 58-year-old defendant saw the dog and, with a golf club in hand, positioned himself next to the animal, according to Rodriguez.

"Without reason or cause, the male swung the club against the Chihuahua as if driving a golf ball off its tee," the sergeant alleged. "The force of the swing sent the animal flying through the air. The suspect was preparing for a second swing when he was stopped by people that just witnessed his acts."

Lily's owner, Barbara Hitchman, went looking for the canine and confronted Jaureqi when she found her fatally injured pet.

"I told him, 'You're insane. You're psycho. You need to be locked away,"' she recalled in a televised interview. "He said, 'Your dog shouldn't be loose anyway."'

Hitchman took Lily to a veterinarian, but the dog could not be saved.

If Jaurequi is found guilty, are four years enough, or should animal cruelty laws be tougher? --City News Service Contributed to the report.

Anthony October 05, 2012 at 10:09 PM
I realize that there is a lot of emotional attachment people have to there pets, especially dogs. But the owners of these dogs also have a responsibility to secure these animals no mater how big or small. This did not give this obvious idiot the right to do what he did but He shouldn't be locked up at all! It's just a dog people!! He should be fined and made to do community service at a local animal shelter. That's it! 4 years is ridiculous!
scobby doo October 05, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Secured dog or loose dog, yapping dog or not, period doesnt make it okay to kill an animal. Whats wrong with people today no thought of anyone except themselves. Rott Rott Rott in jail 4 years in not enough. I hope in 4 years I see him crusing around town accerate on the gas pedal oops didnt see ya!!!!!!!
Michelle Randall October 05, 2012 at 10:47 PM
This county has nuisance laws. If the dog is yapping, call Animal Control. This is a man with serious issues. Community service at an animal shelter? He shouldn't be allowed within 1000 feet of an animal shelter.
Beach mom October 06, 2012 at 01:17 AM
This so called man should be locked away forever. Too harsh you say? The sentences are way too soft in this country! I pitty his family. You can only imagine what goes on behind closed doors. I hope everyone finds out what he did and oustersizes him from any community. He doesn't deserve to live among humans or animals. If you know this man you better watch your back, you could be next!
Balance October 06, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Life.
Hostile Territory October 06, 2012 at 02:14 AM
i agree.
donnagarren October 06, 2012 at 02:54 AM
It is the comments like, "...IT'S JUST A DOG, PEOPLE!" that show what kind of idiot a YOU are. A dog has personality, can feel pain, can give love, can work for a living, can provide unconditional love, and has a place in MOST PEOPLE"s society. You, however, are much like the ignorant ass that is on trial: you are not able to measure up to the qualities that a dog can contribute to most people if given the chance; YOU are not capable of unconditional love, and that is what Jesus Christ wants to see from all of us: unconditional love. I do love you and the grotesquely disgusting SOB that committed this crime. I do so, though, only because it is expected of me by God. He also expects me to be active in protecting the goodness of all His creatures, which would mean that both of you need to be put away where you cannot influence others with your "...it's just a DOG, People!". attitude, because you will damage the minds of young people which will mean a darker future for all of us if you are free to do so.
donterkay October 06, 2012 at 02:55 AM
It is the comments like, "...IT'S JUST A DOG, PEOPLE!" that show what kind of idiot a YOU are. A dog has personality, can feel pain, can give love, can work for a living, can provide unconditional love, and has a place in MOST PEOPLE"s society. You, however, are much like the ignorant ass that is on trial: you are not able to measure up to the qualities that a dog can contribute to most people if given the chance; YOU are not capable of unconditional love, and that is what Jesus Christ wants to see from all of us: unconditional love. I do love you and the grotesquely disgusting SOB that committed this crime. I do so, though, only because it is expected of me by God. He also expects me to be active in protecting the goodness of all His creatures, which would mean that both of you need to be put away where you cannot influence others with your "...it's just a DOG, People!". attitude, because you will damage the minds of young people which will mean a darker future for all of us if you are free to do so.
censored messenger October 06, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Its sad we live in a society where certain members place more value on a domesticated creature than a human being. Easy for them to pronounce sentence In general, these people can find and share love only with an animal. Humans are much more picky, aren't they? Accordingly, I can see how important these pets are to you. It's all you have..
Beach mom October 06, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Serial killers start out with torture or killing of animals? Fact or fiction?
cheryl oudeman October 06, 2012 at 06:21 AM
That idiot will not get enough time in jail if anytime at all....the animal abuse laws are pathetic... Id rather see this man die....
Lakeland resident October 06, 2012 at 08:22 PM
EXACTLY! Or an elderly person!
Constant Comment October 06, 2012 at 08:30 PM
@Cheryl, yeah but when you die.....its all over. At least when he spends his 4 years in prison, hes going to get far more abused than that little dog. He will wish that he is dead with all the abuse that he is bound to receive. Thats what is great about karma.}~)
censored messenger October 06, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Will you all start foaming at the mouth if he gets no time? I bet he has a clean record, so chances are he will get probation only. Be sure to report yourselves to Animal Control if the foaming turns into a rage, YOU MIGHT HAVE RABIES
Roberto October 07, 2012 at 04:24 AM
I'm glad I didn't see him do this. They would have locked me up after I got done with him.
David Pereira October 07, 2012 at 02:10 PM
The shelter doesn't enforce laws you sill goose, police do. Don't say the shelter people are idiots when you're the idiot calling an animal shelter to report a crime.
David Pereira October 07, 2012 at 02:12 PM
You're a real freaking prick.
David Pereira October 07, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Most people have love for pets and not people. My dog has never done anything to anger me. I already don't like you. Enough said?
big aunt harry mary October 07, 2012 at 04:57 PM
....beat a chihuahua with a golf club........ this guy has got some real issues... you use a golf club on people breaking into your house... FOUR !! on a itty bitty dog like that ? he needs a looooong visit to the gray bar hotel..... add 10 more years for him being such a sissy that he needed a weapon on 5 pound dog....
Constant Comment October 08, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Oh you talk real macho Roberto }~)
Constant Comment October 08, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I wasn't asking for your opinion concerned citizen
Constant Comment October 08, 2012 at 08:06 PM
WHOM EVER HAS HIGH JACKED MY NAME TODAY, YOU MUST BE PRETTY JEALOUS HUH? I"VE CONTACTED THE PATCH.
Constant Comment October 08, 2012 at 09:23 PM
TO THE ABOVE CC IMPOSTER, I HAVE CONTACTED TONI ABOUT YOUR BOGUS ACCT THAT YOU OPENED UP TODAY> I HAVE ALSO ASKED THAT YOUR IP ADDY BE BANNED FOR LIFE FROM EVER COMMENTING ON ANY PATCH! WHAT A LOSER YOU ARE! YOU CAN NEVER BE ME! PATHETIC!
Diana October 08, 2012 at 09:30 PM
CC: Imposter go away!!
Constant Comment October 08, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Thanks again Diana! I think that I flagged them all. Now I'm just trying to take your advice about adding a picture to my profile to distinguish myself from the idiot! I was going to use a nice google sunset, but then I thought that it should be unique so as not to get copied too. So I'm trying to figure out how to transfer a decent shot from my home base to this lap top. Might be here awhile! Thanks again.....}~)
Constant Comment October 09, 2012 at 07:08 AM
wine wine wine, get over it. By the way, I like the caps- it shows you're cool and in control }~)
Constant Comment October 09, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I was just using the caps to differentiate against the LOSER whos trying to copy me cause she has no life or talents of her own! hahaha }~)
DKA October 13, 2012 at 07:49 PM
This kind of actions are scary.. whos next on his list.. the kids making too much noice or leaving toys in front of his place...
Lynn October 29, 2012 at 10:37 PM
So..should he use a gulf club on the "neurotic " woman too? And I guess everyone should wait for him to snap again...interesting
Rich October 30, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Tougher laws not needed. Fixing stupid DA's and the idiots who vote them in is. Recall this idiot from office. This is not how we want our tax dollars spent!!!!!

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