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Raleigh man charged with animal cruelty

Posted September 8, 2008

— A Raleigh man is facing charges in the death of his neighbor's Chihuahua.

Police charged David Lance Upchurch with cruelty to animals after a neighbor said he held the 5-pound dog to the ground and squeezed him between his breastbone and neck. The incident happened last week.

Upchurch said he was defending himself and his dog against the Chihuahua.


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  • bustersmom Sep 11, 2008

    I am a chihuahua owner and they are NOT mean. Maybe its the owners that make their animals behave badly. Mr. Upchurch how would you feel if someone came up and murdered your precious labrador? yea thats what I thought. animal cruelty is one of the worst things you can do, there were plenty of other ways to handle that and he chose the wrong one. I hope you get whats coming to you mr. upchurch. RIP noah!

  • clover1019 Sep 9, 2008

    oh blah blah blah ...just a dog my big toe yo heartless people. Cite the owner? it states that the dog was in her yard ha come in my yard...if my dog bites you GOOD luck you wont get a bandaid from me. I have been bit...several times, granted it doesnt help i was a vet tech for 5 years increasing my chances. Just so happens one was a chihuahua yeah it hurt but seriously would the thought of taking that animals life EVER cross my mind? No. he didnt even get bit. Mr. Upchurch you should have ran home with your tail between your legs like the neutered coward you are. I'm quite certain if your 50+lb lab was terrified of the sack of sugar it would have let the little dog know who the leader of the pack was.

  • yellow_hat Sep 9, 2008

    Let me get this straight -he was terrified of this tiny dog - so the only way he protect himself was to physically grab it? Hmmmm - if he was willing to get close enough to touch it, was it really that much of a threat?

    After reading the N&O article, this guy seems to be the neighbor from Hades, and a little short of a full load. I was not there, but I would bet a weeks pay the dog made him mad and he decided he would show it who was boss. Guilty as charged, and if I am on the jury in a civil trial, will pay out the nose.

  • agricon3 Sep 9, 2008

    hey little dog bites are just as dangerous as big dog bites. Had the rat bit him animal control would have visited for proof of rabies shot and possibly taken the little darling for a while. My child was bit by a small dog and had to have his wound scubbed, a tetnus shot, a pre-rabies shot, and a set of antibiotics. Shame on the owner for letting her dog run loose. I love dogs (we own three and have a drop off visitor) but they are still just dogs. We owned a German Shepherd that was as humble to us as can be but decided to kill local yard stock, ours included. We put him down and buried him with the 7 ducks he killed that day. I cried but also knew his behavior was unacceptable. Ill mannered pets should be kept away from others and people should not be punished for dogs behaving badly.

  • notaproblem Sep 9, 2008

    Both are wrong in this matter. Upchurch shouldn't have killed the dog and the owner should have had control of the dog. I wonder why he couldn't have just caught the dog and called the dog catcher. There were other ways he could have handled this. It's horrible to know that he could have done this so easily.

  • Adelinthe Sep 9, 2008

    jpearce - "he should have allowed her to take care of the situation."

    The lady was on the telephone and wouldn't leave the call to take care of her errant dog.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Sep 9, 2008

    "According the the newspaper, which has a much longer version of this story, he held the dog down until the owner came and took it in the house."

    In moderation, I don't see a problem with holding an animal down until their owner comes to get them.

    The owner shouldn't have let the dog out unrestrained anyway.

    Why is she not being cited???

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • wolff Sep 9, 2008

    This is a very biased article. If a strange dog came at me, even a small rat like animal, I would hold it down if i could or kill it if i had too prevent myself or my pets from getting bitten - it might have rabies or something!

  • gbelton Sep 9, 2008

    I wonder why the owner of the yappy little doggie wasn't cited for violating Raleigh's leash laws? A chihuahua might be tiny, but they have needle-sharp teeth and those bites hurt like the dickens.

    And he didn't just strangle the little ankle-biter. According the the newspaper, which has a much longer version of this story, he held the dog down until the owner came and took it in the house. It died later.

    But of course, that detail is on page 9. The big headline and Upchurch's picture are on page 1.

  • wood1 Sep 9, 2008

    if Mr Upchurch was use to handling a larger dog he might have applied too much pressure accidently. People it's a dog, yes we love them and we get attached to them but in the end its a DOG. Keep the little yap dog in the house or at least on a leash.