Dog Groomer Charged With Feeding Tainted Meat To Competitor’s Dogs

An Illinois dog groomer, Denise Read, has been charged with feeding antifreeze-laced hamburger meat to her competitor’s two dogs.

Read owns Deenie’s Bed and Biscuit in Bloomington and has been charged with intimidation, criminal damage to property, and cruel treatment to animals.

Police officers said witnesses saw Read throw meat over a fence at Canine Design, a competitor. The meat contained ethylene glycol.

Tim Bowling, owner of Canine Design and the two dogs, said his dogs became sick after they ate the meat. A cocker spaniel named Anara lost sight in one eye and had a hard time walking. His other dog, Sagata, a pregnant mountain cur, had a miscarriage.

He believes that his dogs were poisoned to get him to go out of business.

His dogs have almost recovered, although Anara still has some eye damage.

Read turned herself into the police on Monday and was later released on a $5,000 bond.

Source: KSDK, Peoria Journal Star

(Thanks Amanda)

10 Responses to “Dog Groomer Charged With Feeding Tainted Meat To Competitor’s Dogs”

  1. Nora and Rufus says:

    This is just too horrifying! How could she??????? This woman has got to be just flat crazy, not to mention very cruel to inflict such pain and sickness on anothers dogs. She meant to kill them, or she would not have laced the meat with antifreeze. I am surprised that the other dog owner (or a friend of his) did not just beat her down! She is going to be lucky if she does not get the ass kicking of her life. Since the (stupid and uncaring) judge released her (for money) , she is now fair game!!!

  2. janet says:

    I hope she gets more than an ass kicking and the judge too. If anybody needs to get E-coli and salmonella, they do. She should be banned from ever again owning or dealing with animals. Maybe tarred and feathered and ridden out of town on a rail.

  3. Judy says:

    WTF this woman goes by three different names? She sounds like a freak and a criminal why else would she use three names. Even if she gets no jail time I can’t imagine anyone bringing their pet to her for anything. Sicko!

  4. Pukanuba says:

    My guess is that she just put herself out of business. Don’t know of too many people who would bring their dog to her for much of anything.

    What a whack job…..

  5. stargirl says:

    she will just pack up and move somewhere else and do it again.
    she should have “AA” (animal abuser) branded on her forehead.

  6. Lynn says:

    This is unbelievable. I always supposed that animal groomers were in the business because they truly loved animals - why else would they do that job for little pay.

    Just goes to show you need and FBI style thorough background check on ANYONE who handles animals.

  7. Carolyn & Maggie says:

    Lynn, I agree with you. I know it is naive, but I too thought people who were groomers LIKED animals. It sure makes you wonder about entrusting your animal to the care of someone you assume to be a professional. And how would you check someone out? Better Business Bureau? That would tell you about the business, but not much else…

  8. cenrtal il says:

    I drive by her place every work day. What’s surprising is how many people are apparently still taking their dogs to this place.

    And she’s had issues with competitors before:

    and more tests are being done on the stomach contents of the dogs

    On the issue of groomers being in the business because they love animals, my sister worked at a well known facility in Chicago. Needless to say, this place was one of those bad apples just in it for the money. And there is a LOT of money to be made. It’s definitely buyer beware when you take your animals someplace.

  9. MaineMom says:

    Trust your dog or cat to tell you a “good” groomer from a “bad.” 15yrs of every-other-week grooming in two states taught me to respect my Maltese’s opinion. Believe me, not all groomers love animals! I became suspicious of a goomer while we lived in WA and went to work for her. Got a really nasty cat bite from a 20 yr old cat she had put on a table with a chock chain to rake matts out of when I tried to wrap him in a towel to unhook and rescue him. No laws to put her out of busness in Washington -but I hope I put out enough bad press to keep her out of business forever. If you cannot see the bathing, drying and table areas from the front of the shop - there is likely a reason - and it isn’t a good one. Before leaving your pet, go to the shop during working hours and ask for a tour - it will give you a really good idea of how the bathers and groomers really handle the animals. Many groomers claim to “groom” cats. If you see any cages that look like traps, get out fast. Some groomers think dunking a cat in a cage is a bath!

  10. mittens says:

    ugh. i am trying to deal with a 10 year old himalayan rescue now who was clearly traumitized by whom ever it was that her previous owner took her to for grooming. she loves to be held and petted but she sees the brushes come out and she goes hysterical. the poor thing- i feel so trying to do it myself because i know she’ll be all freaked out and lash out and i don’t trust someone else not to hurt her again.

    i just hold her and let her scratch me and i bite my lip. it’s not her fault but she soo needs the brushing. the animal rescue i got her from made it sound like it was all the cat’s fault-” oh and she’s ‘ difficult’ at the groomers..” i think is what they said to me. i translated it it as some angry impatient witch was abusive to the cat and she reacted accordingly.

    so many psychos out there….

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