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Colorado Springs woman accused of trying to poison neighbors’ dogs

Posted at 4:45 PM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-09 10:06:55-04
Margaret Werker
Margaret Werker

COLORADO SPRINGS – An arrest affidavit obtained by News5 accuses a 73-year-old woman of throwing poisoned chicken over a fence in an attempt to have her neighbor’s dog eat it.

Margaret Werker, 73, was arrested on Sunday and is already out on $1,000 bond from the El Paso County Jail.

Arrest documents show police were called to her home in the 2100 block of Rimwood Drive on April 7 after Werker’s neighbor said he saw her throwing a substance over his fence.

The responding officer observed orange-colored ground chicken on the ground and gathered a sample, which tested positive for Diethylene glycol, which is a substance found in antifreeze. The toxic substance can result in acute renal failure in pets unless treated right away.

The responding officer said they reviewed the neighbor’s security video, in which “Ms. Welker is also clearly seen throwing the orange in color substance over the fence.”

The officer reported that the dog sniffed the chicken before walking away.

Werker is charged with a felony count of cruelty to animals in connection to the incident. She is due in court on May 16.