Man Drug Rival Dog Show – A Pennsylvania man Ralph Ullum, charged with trying to drug a rival dog at a Wheaton show will go to trial to fight the misdemenor charges, his attorney said.
Jessica Plourde said she hadn’t given her prize-winning Siberian husky any drugs, but still found pill fragments in and around Pixie’s cage last year during a Wheaton dog show.
An undigested pill was discovered after a veterinarian induced the white-and-brown female show dog to vomit, Plourde testified Monday.
DuPage County prosecutors contend 68-year-old Ralph Ullum slipped human drugs to Pixie last Dec. 17 so a competing husky trained by his girlfriend would have a better chance of winning the American Kennel Club-sanctioned show.
He faces misdemeanor charges that include animal cruelty and attempted criminal damage to property for allegedly giving Protonix and a second drug, possibly Benadryl, to Pixie.
Pixie wasn’t harmed by the drugs, but neither she nor the dog trained by Ullum’s girlfriend won the coveted best in show award.
As Ullum’s trial opened, defense attorney Ed Maloney contended the allegations against his client are unfounded, suggesting they came as the result of a long-running competition between rival dog trainers. He noted that when Ullum allegedly was seen putting something into Pixie’s cage, the dog already had finished competing.
“I think when all the evidence is in the judge will determine the state’s case doesn’t have four legs to stand on,” he said.
Two witnesses testified they saw Ullum walk up to Pixie’s cage while Plourde was absent, then slip something inside, though neither could identify what he allegedly gave the dog.