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Woman pleads guilty to trying to harm cats

February 04. 2014 10:45PM
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A woman accused of leaving antifreeze in pet bowls outside her residence pleaded guilty Monday before Luzerne County Judge Joseph Sklarosky Jr.

Karen Block, 55, of Helen Street, Plains Township, admitted to one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty.

A humane officer with the Luzerne County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals charged Block with animal abuse after allegedly finding two bowls filled with green liquid outside her home on July 9, 2012, according to the criminal complaint. The substance tested positive for antifreeze at the state police crime lab in Wyoming, the complaint says.

Block stated the liquid was animal repellent. She had earlier threatened to poison cats with antifreeze because they were urinating on her property, according to the complaint.

She is to serve one year of probation and may not own or have contact with any domestic animals other than her dog. Block also must pay $536 to state police for lab fees and a $500 fine.

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