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Man Charged with Poisoning Neighbor's Pets

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  A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Cass Lake, Minnesota man, charged with poisoning his neighbor's pets in January. Cass Lake is 10-miles east of Bemidji.

  39-year old William Croaker faces one-count of Cruelty to animals. It's gross misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of 1-year in jail and a three-thousand dollar fine.

  According to the criminal complaint, William Croaker didn't want the neighbor's dogs and cats in his yard. So, he put a bowl of meat scraps in his yard, laced with sweet tasting, anti-freeze.

Dr. Eric Thorsgard, Veterinarian: "It turns into crystals in the kidneys and destroys the kidneys."

Reporter: "And kills the pet?"

Thorsgard: "Right and when the kidneys are destroyed without a kidney transplant or life long dialysis the pet dies."

Police found at least 6 dead animals, allegedly poisoned by Croaker.  They include five dogs: 2 Rottwielers, a yellow mixed breed,  a Pointer, German Shepherd and one cat.

  And this is the time of year, many of our pets are susceptible to accidental poisoning, especially as those pet owners open up their lake cabins for the season. Many seasonal cabin owners use anti-freeze in their toilet bowels over the winter to keep them from freezing.

Dr. Thorsgard: "We've treated a lot of dogs. They run into a cabin. They go to the toilet and drink out of the bowl. The owner saw them do it, they call us up. It's totally treatable. We can treat it and keep that dog from having any harm. But if they come in and they're sick because their kidneys are already destroyed, then it's too late."

   Thorsgard says that's the key…. take your pet in for treatment immediately if you suspect they've ingested anti-freeze.

  Meanwhile, the search for William Croaker, the man charged with intentionally using anti-freeze to poison pets continues.

  The warrant for William Croaker was issued after he didn't show up for a recent court appearance on the cruelty to animals charge.

   If you have any information on his whereabouts, you can contact the Beltrami County Sheriff's Department at: 218-333-9111

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