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PHOENIX -- 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 reporting suspected animal cruelty.

When officers arrived, they said they found a 2-year-old Australian cattle dog caught in leg traps in the front yard.

Files is said to have told police that he had set the traps intentionally to catch the neighbor's dog that had repeatedly wandered onto his property.

A Superior Court spokeswoman said 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.


Information from: KTVK-TV,

Associated Press,

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