Dog Abuse

Caught on Camera: Woman Trying to Poison Neighbor’s Dog

Disturbing surveillance camera footage from a Colorado Springs backyard captured a neighbor’s failed attempt to poison a dog and ultimately led to her arrest.

The camera footage, shown above, is not only infuriating, but also terrifying. Thankfully, with a little luck and the dog owner’s home surveillance system, the dog was not poisoned and the neighbor was brought to justice.

Last April, a dog owner called Colorado Springs Police to report that a neighbor was attempting to poison his dog, Wrigley. The home owner had found a strange orange substance hanging from his fence and, after reviewing camera footage, discovered a woman attempting to toss what police later determined was ground chicken soaked in antifreeze over the fence for Wrigley to eat.

“Poisoning cases can be very difficult to investigate and charge because usually there is very little evidence linking a suspect to the crime,” the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak wrote in a release. “However, in this case, the victim had proof. He had obtained video of his neighbor throwing a substance into his backyard, which later tested positive for poisonous material.”

On May 4, Margaret Werker was arrested and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals. She pleaded guilty on a deferred sentence and was required to pay a $250 donation to the Humane Society. She will likely not face any jail time.

Police speculate that Werker attempted to poison the dog because of barking.

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