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Probation, fines for attempted cat-poisoner

February 03. 2014 3:49PM

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WILKES-BARRE — 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 on July 9, 2012, according to the criminal complaint.

The green substance was tested at the state police crime lab in Wyoming and tested positive for antifreeze, the complaint says.

Block claimed the liquid was animal repellent. She had earlier threatened to poison cats with antifreeze due to the cats 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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