Bloomington man charged with felony cruelty for poisoning his neighbors dog
A Bloomington man was charged with felony cruelty to animals Thursday after allegedly poisoning his neighbors dog with pesticide, reported the Star Tribune.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court, Aaron John Maenke placed a container of pesticide used to kill flies inside his neighbors fence, where their 2-year-old black lab was. The complaint also stated that Maenke bought the pesticide with the intent to poison the dog.
A McClelland family member came home and found the dog, Jesse, foaming at the mouth. They rushed to the vet, but the dog died on the way.
The McClelland family dog was a trained hunting dog who had gone on hunting trips with the family.
"I'm just horrified over this," Patrick McClellan said today in response to the charges being filed. "He was a harmless, beautiful black lab."
If convicted, Maenke could be charged a fine of $5,000 and/or serve up to two years in jail.