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Raleigh man acquitted on animal cruelty charges

Posted November 3, 2008 5:19 p.m. EST

— A judge on Monday cleared a Raleigh man accused of killing his neighbor's chihuahua.

David Lance Upchurch was charged two months ago with cruelty to animals after a neighbor said he held the 5-pound dog to the ground and squeezed it between the breastbone and neck.

Upchurch maintained he was defending himself and his dog against the chihuahua.