Cruel man poisoned his neighbors’ dogs in a row on them by barking too loudly – but claims he is the real victim

  • Christopher Gary Downing, 62, pleaded guilty to putting the bait in Townsville court
  • A long-standing feud over allegations the dogs barking was too loud followed
  • Mr Downing tried to hurt the dogs by hiding rat poison in dog food

A man escaped conviction after cruelly poisoning two dogs that belonged to his neighbors.

Christopher Gary Downing, 62, pleaded guilty to laying bait – dog food deliberately mixed with rat poison – when he appeared in Ingham Magistrates’ Court on Thursday in northern Queensland.

Police Attorney Sgt John Moran said the prosecution followed an ongoing bitter feud with Downing and his neighbor over allegations that the barking dogs were incessant, the Townsville Bulletin reported.

When rats or mice chew poisoned bait, it doesn’t take long for them to disappear and die (stock image)

Christopher Downing, a man from Queensland, escaped conviction for attempting to poison two dogs (stock image)

Christopher Downing, a man from Queensland, escaped conviction for attempting to poison two dogs (stock image)

After one of the dogs was seen chewing on a “ meat-like substance ” with “ what appeared to be green bits of rat poison throughout it ” CCTV footage was obtained by police from a nearby store in suburban Halifax.

Footage from July 15 showed a person approaching a house before doing a “ throw to the door before walking away ” action.

“The man, as he crosses the street, removes what appears to be a white colored glove from his left hand and steps out of view of the camera,” said Sgt Moran.

Police executed a search warrant at Downing’s home on July 20, recovering matching clothing from the man in CCTV footage.

An open container of Ratsack rat poison was also discovered at the scene.

On July 26, after a lengthy interview with police, Downing finally confessed, before stating that he believed rat poison wouldn’t kill dogs.

Instead, his goal was to scare the owner into doing something for his pets.

Darren Robinson, Downing’s defense attorney, said his client was well regarded in the community and his actions were not nature.

Magistrate Luxton said Downing’s behavior was potentially ‘very cruel’, before fining him $ 1,000.

Ingham Court House in north Queensland, where Christopher Downing avoided conviction for poisoning two of his neighbors' dogs (stock image)

Ingham Court House in north Queensland, where Christopher Downing avoided conviction for poisoning two of his neighbors’ dogs (stock image)

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