Noah, a 5 lb ChihuahuaNoah, a tiny little 5 lb. Chihuahua, spoiled and beloved by his owner, Betty Richardson, was killed by neighbor, David Lance Upchurch, on August 30. He was just past his twelfth birthday.David Lance Upchurch

Richardson, her mother and Noah were outside their home at 1008 Cookwood, Raleigh, NC, when Upchurch was out walking his 100 lb Lab, Sasha in the cul-de-sac. Noah ran over to sniff at Sasha then the dogs squared off and growled at one another. At this point Upchurch grabbed the tiny dog, flipped him over and pinned him to the ground while squeezing him between his breastbone and neck with a thumb and forefinger.

Richardson begged Upchurch not to do that to Noah, “I told him, ‘Don’t do that,’ ” Richardson said. “He told me, ‘No. This is what would happen if another dog wanted to kill your dog.’ “

Richardson scooped her little dog up and ran into the house where minutes later the dog’s eyes rolled back into his head and his tongue lolled out of his mouth. She rushed him to Knightdale Animal Hospital but it was too late, her beloved Noah was dead.

Upchurch, who owns two Labs — Sasha and Tyson, a golden –described the incident as self-defense against a Chihuahua attack. “Noah can still bite,” he replied when asked how threatened he felt by a dog that weighed about as much as a bag of sugar.

“Noah came out and attacked by growling, snarling with his teeth showing,” Upchurch said. “I’ve been around dogs enough to know there was an attack.” (NewsObserver)

Attack?? Is this nutcase out of his mind?? Ok, yeah sure, any dog can bite and Chihuahuas can have a propensity to be feisty little dogs, but c’mon people! Vicious attack?? Oh yeah, I bet that was really scary!

Noah’s autopsy was performed at Rollins Diagnostic Laboratory on Blue Ridge Road. Richardson said a veterinarian there told her a thumbprint was found under Noah’s fur where he had been pinned down.

On Friday, police charged Upchurch with a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty. Too sad, only a misdemeanor. He took the life of a living creature and is going to get a slap on the wrist… or even less if his ‘vicious attack’ story is actually believed. Pathetic!

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