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Woman Wearing Cat Shirt Admits She Tried To Poison Neighbor’s Dog

Margaret Werker was captured on video throwing a substance, which police believe was ground chicken soaked in anti-freeze, over her neighbor's fence. 

By Jill Sederstrom

Margaret Werker is apparently a staunch member of team cat.

The 73-year-old Colorado woman—who can be seen wearing a cat-themed shirt in her mugshot—pleaded guilty earlier this month to animal cruelty after she was captured on surveillance video trying to poison her neighbor’s dog Wrigley, according to KCNC-TV.

Werker was seen in April trying to throw something over the fence into her neighbor’s yard. The substance—which police believe was ground chicken soaked in anti-freeze—got stuck on top of the fence as the dog walked up to investigate. The dog never consumed the tainted meat and was never hurt, but police arrested Werker in May and charged her with aggravated cruelty to animals.

The meat later tested positive for poisonous material, according to the Humane Society.

"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 obtained by The Gazette.

However in this case, authorities were able to test the substance and review video footage captured by Wrigley’s owner.

Margaret Werker

Werker pleaded guilty to animal cruelty July 9 on a deferred sentence and has been ordered to make a $250 donation to the Humane Society.

Although no clear motive was ever determined, Lindsey Vigna, the assistant director at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, told KKTV that there had been some complaints about a barking dog in the 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,” she said.

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