Raleigh man acquitted on animal cruelty charges
Posted November 3, 2008 5:19 p.m. EST
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.