Deputies: Man arrested after admitting to poisoning neighbor's dog

Published: Sep. 2, 2014 at 2:21 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 2, 2014 at 8:18 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A 29-year-old Charleston man was arrested after admitting to poisoning a neighbor's dog with antifreeze, according to deputies.

Thomas Walker was arrested Monday after confessing to dumping antifreeze over a neighbor's fence in an attempt to kill the neighbor's dog and silence its barking, according to the incident report. Booking records state Walker faces an animal cruelty charge.

The neighbor told deputies his dog, Lou, a 16-month-old Labrador Retriever, had been vomiting and acting strangely on Sunday. The owner said he took Lou to a veterinarian who kept the dog overnight for observation, but then on Monday morning, the vet reported the dog's kidneys were failing.

The man told deputies the vet said the condition was most likely the result of ethylene glycol poisoning. Ethylene glycol is an ingredient in antifreeze.

The dog's owner showed deputies a spot on the backside of his fence that was nearest to Walker's residence, the incident report states. The deputy noted grass in the spot was dead.

Walker was being held in the Al Cannon Detention Center.

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