Friday, April 29, 2011

Man Poisons Rival's Dog at Dog Show

Ralph Ullum of Claysville, Pennsylvania., has been arrested and charged with cruelty to animals charges and attempted criminal damage to property after the 68-year-old fed Protonix and possibly Benadryl to Pixie to a rival's a Siberian Husky, at a Dec. 17 kennel club show at the DuPage County Fairgrounds.
According to a police report, Pixie’s handler, Jessica Plourde of Newark Valley, N.Y., became suspicious when she noticed what appeared to be a crushed pink pill near Pixie’s cage early on the second morning of the competition. Eventually, police said, several witnesses came forward saying they’d seen Ullum petting and feeding Pixie as Plourde showed other dogs. A veterinarian at the show later induced Pixie to vomit, finding an undigested pill marked “Protonix” among other items, including dog food, pieces of chicken and a rubber band. Police also found a wadded up paper towel that contained a white substance and apparent pieces of pills in the men’s bathroom trash. Ullum acknowledged petting Pixie and using the restroom, but he denied feeding the dog or throwing anything in the trash, according to the police report. Pixie was not seriously injured, and neither dog won their event. Plourde and Ullum’s girlfriend had previously competed at several dog shows, authorities said.
If convicted, he faces a year in jail.
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