Landscaper Suspected of Poisoning Dogs Held on $5,000 Bail

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Kenneth Hyland

Fifty-three-year-old landscaper Kenneth Hyland was arraigned today in the Charlestown District Court on charges of poisoning animals and was ordered to be held on 5,000 dollars cash bail.

The Everett, Massachusetts resident was arrested Friday after dog owners reported that Hyland was spreading chunks of hot dogs soaked in antifreeze on the grass at 550 Medford St. in Charlestown.  Neighbors said they noticed hot dogs in a five-gallon bucket of blue-green liquid near where Hyland was mowing the lawn.

One dog owner reported that his boxer-basset hound mix became ill six months ago after trying to eat bits of green hot dogs off the grass.  More recently, the same dog owner claimed to see Hyland holding a bucket of hot dog pieces marinating in what looked like antifreeze.  He said he saw Hyland spread them out on the lawn.  When asked if trying to poison dogs, Hyland allegedly said yes.  After a short argument, the dog owner cleaned up the poisoned hot dogs with some neighbors and took them to the police.

Neighbors believed Hyland was seeking his revenge on owners who did not clean up after their dogs.

Prosecutors at the arraignment noted that Hyland is no stranger to crime, and has had over 30 convictions.  He has unresolved cases in Lynn and Woburn, MA, for assault and battery and leaving the scene of property damage.

Hyland’s attorney said his client “vehemently denies” the charges of dog poisoning.  Hyland is due back in court October 19 for a pretrial hearing.

9 thoughts on “Landscaper Suspected of Poisoning Dogs Held on $5,000 Bail”

  1. Kenneth Hyland better be glad he does not live here in Texas or else he’d end up with a hole blown in his head. This monster deserves to be force fed some of his own hot dogs. Savage disgusting waste of flesh.

  2. I’m glad we now have a face and name to go with the sadistic bastard who tried to murder dogs in Boston. I hope this action haunts him the rest of his life.

  3. What a nasty man! So full of hate and rage. We don’t need this kind of human walking around among us that’s for sure. And sadistic is a good description.

    But there is a message here for folks who don’t clean up after their dogs, you never know who you make annoy. And IMHO it is extremely rude to leave your dog’s mess behind for others to clean up. I’ve seen some extremely nasty behavior from dog owners who refuse to clean up a mess on someone’s lawn or on the public sidewalk when asked. I’ve been sworn at as they walk away leaving the mess for others.

  4. Our dear, sweet, gentle Lab mix was poisoned by a neighbor several years ago because he didn’t like hearing her bark (which she did not do incessantly, by the way). By the time we realized what had happened and were preparing to take her to the vet, it was too late, she died in our arms. I don’t care what reason people give for doing it, it’s a horrible thing to do to a dog and they’re heartless cowards.

  5. I can’t even think of a bad enough punishment for this slimeball…but I know a lot of us in here have come up with some great ideas.

  6. I would have just beaten the crap out of him. Sorry, but I have no tolerance for his lot. Poor dogs.


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