CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. - A Clifton Park sat down with Anya Tucker and admitted that he intended to cause harm to a neighbor's cat, but accidentally poisoned another neighbor's dog instead.
Melissa Griffin, of Clifton Park, says she almost lost her long-haired German Shepard Shelby after she gobbled up rat poison hidden in tuna while out on a walk in the Knox Woods development last week.
Griffin says she called her veterinarian right away, who advised she induce vomiting and rush Shelby to the vet. Thankfully, the poison did not seem to have enough time to begin internal bleeding, which left untreated, is fatal. With Shelby healed, Griffin turned her focus to finding the person who left the poison out.
She didn't have to look far. Her neighbor told her their outdoor security camera captured another neighbor, Richard Fugaro, laying out the D-Con poison with food.
"He's a sadistic monster as far as I'm concerned," Griffin said.
On Thursday, Fugaro admitted to NEWS10 that he was responsible and committed the crime because no one was listening to his complaints. Fugaro explained he unintentionally poisoned Shelby; the intended target had been his neighbor's cats, which he claims the neighbor allows to defecate on his lawn.
He admitted he allowed the escalating feud to go too far. He says he has never been arrested before, and blames the out of character behavior on depression and recently losing his job.
Fugaro has been charged by police for poising or attempting to poison an animal, a misdemeanor. He says he looks forward to being in court so he can apologize to the victims.