An angry man has avoided jail after he chucked sausages laced with a cocktail of drugs into his neighbour’s garden in a bid to harm their dogs.
Pet poisoner Michael Moore was caught out when CCTV footage showed him thowing the meat covered in white powder and green paste over a fence separating the properties, reports the Liverpool Echo.
Startled mum-of-three Jade Wilkinson quickly wrestled the poisoned snacks away from her two dogs after finding them in her back garden.
After sending them off for analysis, she was stunned to discover the mystery coating was in fact codeine and paracetamol.
Andrew Page, prosecuting, told the court that Moore was captured throwing the sausages into her garden at 3.26am.
He said: “It was a piece of sausage covered in a white powder and green paste.
“She Googled what it might be and thought it might be slug pellets. Michael Moore came out from the rear of his house and could be seen walking to the end of the fence and was seen to throw sausage over the fence before walking back to his house.
“The sausage was sent for analysis which demonstrated a medical preparation of codeine and paracetamol, crushed tablets and capsules. It was not possible to identify the green substance but from its appearance it may have been a slug pellet preparation.”
The two dogs, a German Shepherd called Miles and a Belgian Shepherd called Storm, were left unharmed.
Mr Page said Ms Wilkinson had lived at her home in Southport for many years while Moore moved next door about four years ago.
The neighbours had a good relationship at first before things took a turn for the worse around 18 months ago when a dispute started regarding “the boundary wall.”
The court heard Moore had previous convictions for failing to provide a breath sample in 2010 and kidnapping in 1998, for which he got a community sentence.
DJ Hatton told Moore he had committed a very serious offence by throwing poisoned sausages over the fence with intent to cause suffering to the dogs, and had also put the mum’s “three young children” at “significant risk.”
The judge said only a custodial sentence was appropriate and imposed an 18 week jail term suspended for 12 months.
Moore was also ordered to carry out 20 days rehabilitation activities and to pay £213 court costs. A five year restraining order to keep away from Ms Wilkinson was imposed on Moore.