Man accused to trying to poison neighbour’s barking dog with sausages appears in court

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A man accused of lacing sausages with poison for the neighbour’s barking dog has appeared in court.

Ian Walter Richardson, 51, of Taylor Drive,Ossett, pleaded not guilty to an offence of knowingly putting sausages which had been rendered posionous with xylitol on land.

The incident is alleged to have happened on January 12 this year.

Xylitol is a naturally occurring substance that is widely used as a sugar substitute. It is naturally found in berries, plums, corn, oats, mushrooms, lettuce and trees.

It is manufactured into a white powder that looks and tastes similar to sugar and is often found in products includingsugar-free gum, breath mints, baked goods, and toothpaste, but it is extremely toxic to dogs.

Richardson was released on unconditional bail and is due to appear at Wakefield Magistrates Court again in October.