Animal cruelty charge dismissed against Ariz. man

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- An animal cruelty charge against an El Mirage man has been dismissed by a Maricopa County Superior Court judge.

Russell Files was arrested in January after El Mirage police received a call about an alleged animal cruelty situation.

When officers arrived, they reported finding a 2-year-old Australian cattle dog caught in leg traps in the front yard of the property.

Files allegedly told police that he had set the traps intentionally to catch the neighbor's dog that had been repeatedly wandering onto his property.

A Superior Court spokeswoman says a judge on Wednesday granted the prosecution's request to drop the case in a manner allowing it to be refiled.

However, a parallel case against Files is pending in federal court in Phoenix.

Files is a federal employee.