Poynette man found guilty of poisoning, killing dog

PORTAGE (WKOW) — A jury has convicted a Poynette man of poisoning his ex-girlfriend’s dog.

Trent Hebel was found guilty of animal mistreatment and stalking in Columbia County Court.

Hebel was arrested after authorities said he put meat laced with rat poison and antifreeze in a dish for the dog.

Gander, the beloved dog of Tim Rittmeyer and Ali Reigstad, died in May of 2015. Hebel was arrested in September of 2016 after a fingerprint tied him to the crime.

According to the Portage Daily Register, Hebel fainted after the guilty verdict was read Wednesday.

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