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Arrest Made in Charlestown Landscaper Dog Poisoning Case

On Friday police announced they arrested a 53-year-old man suspected of trying to poison dogs with hot dogs soaked in chemicals.

Police made an arrest in a case of alleged dog poisoning that shocked the neighborhood.

Police announced Friday that 53-year-old landscaper Kenneth Hyland is in custody, suspected of soaking hot dogs in antifreeze and leaving them for pets to eat. An area outside the Bricklayers Apprentice Fund at 550 Medford St. is the site of the controversy.

The poisoned wieners may have been intended as a warning to dog owners to pick up after their animals.

At least three dog owners recently told police at District A-15 they saw a landscaper at that location leave what they believe to be poisoned hot dog pieces on the grass.

One resident who reported the incident told police that he saw the landscaper with “a [five]-gallon bucket of a blue/green solution believed to be antifreeze with hot dogs soaking inside.”

The witness said that he saw the landscaper spread the hotdog pieces around in the grass after completing his work.

“The witness confronted the suspect, stating ‘are you trying to poison the dogs?’” a police report read.

“The suspect replied ‘yes,’” the witness told police. The pair argued before the landscaper left. Once the landscaper had gone, the witness collected the hot dog pieces in his own five-gallon bucket before informing police of the incident. Two neighbors accompanied him to the district A-15 police department. They told officers that they had seen the same man performing the landscaping at earlier times and had noticed hotdog pieces left behind after his departure.

Durty Harry’s Doggie Boutique posted on Facebook that several customers have reported having sick dogs, possibly as a result of the hot dog pieces.

Police took the collected hot dogs as evidence.

The woman who answered the phone at the Bricklayers Apprentice Fund earlier this week said that no one within the organization would speak to the press on this matter.

Hyland will face a judge on Monday, police said.

Tom October 08, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Brian you are an ignorant dog hating idiot.
Owen October 08, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Your claim that your son has autism has nothing to do with the discussion at hand. Also, I will add to what others have said: please stop using all caps. While you're at it, please learn basin punctuation. Your posts are almost unreadable.
Owen October 08, 2012 at 05:53 PM
*basic punctuation
JANET M October 08, 2012 at 06:13 PM
OWEN IT HAS EVERY THING TO DO WITH IT WHEN SOME BUSY BODY TELLS ME I SHOULDN'T OWN A DOG JUST BECAUSE I DON'T OWN MY OWN PROPERTY. AND FOR THE LAST TIME I USE CAPS BECAUSE IT'S EASIER FOR ME TO SEE. AND IT & PUNCTUATION HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE DISCUSSION A LOT LESS AS TO WHY I HAVE A DOG.
Owen October 08, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Ok, you're dead set on using all caps. It's already been explained to you that it is considered the equivelant of shouting, so I won't beat a dead horse. Also, punctuation has everything to do with a written discussion. Without it your words are a jumbled mess. Do you blog with no punctuation as well? I don't see where anyone tried telling you that you shouldn't have a dog because you don't own property. They said that you shouldn't let your dog use public places for relieving themselves. Plenty of people own property in Charlestown and do not have outdoor space for a dog.

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