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Ralph Ullum is accused of cruelty to animals charges and attempted criminal damage to property after police say he drugged Pixie, a competing Siberian husky at a Wheaton dog show.
A Pennsylvania man will go to trial to fight charges for allegedly drugging a rival dog during a show in the suburbs.
Ralph Ullum, 68, is accused of giving Protonix and Benadryl to a Siberian husky at a Dec. 17 American Kennel Club show in Wheaton.
Ullum was assisting his girlfriend who was competing with her Siberian husky. Witnesses say they saw Ullum feeding and petting the Husky while its owner was away from the cage, according to reports.
Ullum's attorney says his client did not give the husky any drugs and claims the allegations were a result of a very competitive event, the Sun-Times reports.
Ullum is charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty and attempted criminal damage to property. If convicted, Ullum could face up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. The trial is set for Sept. 8.