Man found innocent of drugging show dog
Prosecutors had said 68-year-old Ralph Ullum gave Protonix and a second human drug, possibly Benadryl, to Pixie, a prize-winning husky, during an American Kennel Club-sanctioned dog show in Wheaton, a suburb of Chicago, in December.
Ullum faced misdemeanor charges in DuPage County that included animal cruelty and attempted criminal damage to property.
DuPage County Judge Ronald Sutter found Ullum innocent of the charges Wednesday, saying prosecutors hadn’t proved their case against him, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Pixie wasn’t harmed by the drugs.
Jessica Plourde, Pixie’s owner, testified Monday she found pill fragments in and around Pixie’s cage during the show, and that an undigested pill was discovered after a veterinarian induced the white-and-brown female show dog to vomit.
Two witnesses testified they saw Ullum walk up to Pixie’s cage while Plourde was absent and slip something inside.
Defense attorney Ed Maloney contended the allegations against his client were unfounded, and a result of a long-running rivalry between dog trainers.
Neither Pixie nor the dog trained by Ullum’s girlfriend won the best in show award.
Posted by jwoestendiek November 10th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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