Colorado Springs woman Margaret Werker pleads guilty to trying to poison neighbor’s dog after video bust. Incident follows after complaints of barking.
A 73-year-old Colorado Springs woman was charged with felony animal cruelty after she was caught on video trying to poison her neighbor’s dog, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region announced Thursday.
Margaret Werker was seen on her neighbor’s surveillance tape throwing a ‘substance’ over the fence into his backyard, aimed toward his dog, Wrigley. The substance- diethylene glycol, which is commonly found in anti-freeze – later tested positive for poisonous material, according to the Humane Society.
Video showed the dog sniffing the ‘orange substance’ only to end up walking away from it.
‘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 said in a news release.
Complaints about barking dogs:
In April, the neighbor called animal law enforcement officers to report Werker for what he’d found on his surveillance footage. On May 4, police arrested her on suspicion of aggravated cruelty to animals.
The problem may have arisen from previous complaints about barking dogs, HSPPR Assistant Director Lindsey Vigna told via Colarado Springs Gazette.
‘There were some concerns with some complaints about a barking dog in that area. We weren’t really ever able to pinpoint down who it was coming from. But we believe that’s where it stemmed from, a barking issue.’
Werker pleaded guilty to the charge July 9 on a deferred sentence, the release read. A judge also ordered Werker to donate $250 to HSPPR.