ROSEBURG, Ore. -- An indictment was handed down in the case of an alleged dog poisoning death.
Back in May, KPIC News first brought you the story of Mocha the dog, who was put to sleep after suffering antifreeze poisoning.
Mocha's owner, Debora Ballard, told KPIC that her neighbors in the Saddle Butte Mobile Manor had set out antifreeze baited with tuna fish, allegedly to poison animals that came into their yard.
Now, a Douglas County Grand Jury has handed down an indictment in the case to the couple who allegedly set out the antifreeze. Bernard and Mitzy Daugherty have each been charged with the following:
- Two counts each of felony aggravated animal abuse
- criminal conspiracy
- second degree criminal mischief
- second degree disorderly conduct
After Mocha had fallen ill, Ballard took her to the vet, who put the animal down since her poisoning was so severe that her kidneys had failed.
Ballard went home and investigated, taking pictures of the antifreeze, as well as what appears to be neighbor Bernard Daugherty's wife Mitzy cleaning up the containers.
Debora said that there were two milk jugs on the Daugherty's lawn with the lids cut off and filled with what looked like antifreeze. One of them appeared to have tuna fish inside of it.
KPIC News went to the home of the Daugherty's to get comment back in May, and Bernard told us that he was looking forward to sorting the matter out in court.
No court date has been announced at this point.