El Mirage man accused of trapping neighbor's dog facing trial

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Russell Files By Jennifer Thomas Russell Files By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX (AP) -- An animal cruelty case involving an El Mirage man accused of intentionally trapping his neighbor's dog is going to trial next week.

Jury selection is expected to begin Monday in Arizona Federal District Court.

Prosecutors say 45-year-old Russell Files allegedly set a trap for his neighbor's Australian cattle dog Zoey in December 2012.

They say the then 7-year-old dog lost 17 teeth trying to chew her way out of the clamp-trap that ensnared her front and back left paws.

Files is a former employee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

He tried to have the charges against him dropped, arguing that his job with the Wildlife Services department of the USDA required him to catch animals.

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