Winterport man charged with animal cruelty in dog poisoning case

Posted March 01, 2011, at 6:06 p.m.
Last modified March 01, 2011, at 6:23 p.m.
Erland Edwards
Erland Edwards

WINTERPORT, Maine — Police said Tuesday that a man charged with cruelty to animals and possession of cocaine has admitted that he killed a neighbor’s puppy using antifreeze.

Erland C. Edwards, 36, of Winterport was arrested Friday in Winterport after Detective Merl Reed of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into allegations of animal cruelty.

One of Edwards’ neighbors accused him of poisoning several dogs, including the puppy, which was the only animal that died, Reed said.

A veterinarian found that the puppy had ingested antifreeze, which causes kidney failure and can be fatal in very small amounts.

Reed said that after the veterinarian found there had been antifreeze in the dog, the neighbor contacted police. The detective said that while investigating he found a white residue in a small wooden box at Edwards’ home and, using a field test, determined that it was cocaine.

Edwards “admitted what he did,” regarding the animals, Reed said. “He wouldn’t tell me what the mixture was, but he said the dogs are always barking and being annoying,” he said.

Edwards was booked at Waldo County Jail on Friday and released on unsecured bail of $1,000.

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