COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A woman was found guilty of animal cruelty thanks to surveillance footage at a Colorado Springs home.
Photo on the left is surveillance of a person dropping something over a fence into a neighbor's yard, courtesy the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. Photo on the right is the suspect, Margaret Werker, courtesy the Colorado Springs Police Department. Photos released publicly on 7/18/19.
The act was caught on camera in early April. Law enforcement officers were called by a pet owner who claimed his neighbor was trying to poison his dog Wrigley. In the surveillance footage provided to 11 News from the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, you can see Wrigley walk up to the fence as a person throws something over it from the other side. Thankfully, the item got caught on the top of the fence. You can view the video at the bottom of this article.
"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 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. On July 9, she pleaded guilty to the charge on a deferred sentence. The judge also required her to make a $250 donation to the humane society.
“There were some concerns with some complaints about a barking dog in that area," Lindsey Vigna the Assistant Director for Law Enforcement explained. "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.”
Thankfully Wrigley didn't eat any of the poison and is okay.
Investigators determined the substance thrown over the fence was likely ground chicken that had been dipped in antifreeze, according to arrest papers obtained by 11 News.
Last year, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region animal law enforcement team investigated 4,264 cruelty cases and responded to more than 44,000 calls for service.