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.