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Pennsylvania man accused of drugging rival husky at Wheaton dog show

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A Pennsylvania man Ralph Ullum, charged with trying to drug a rival dog at a Wheaton show will go to trial to fight the misdemenor charges, his attorney said.

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Updated: July 8, 2011 3:06PM

A Pennsylvania man charged with drugging a Siberian husky to give his girlfriend’s dog a better shot at winning a suburban kennel club show will go to trial to fight the charges.

Ralph Ullum, 68, is accused of slipping the rival show dog two human drugs — Protonix and Benadryl — during an American Kennel Club show last December at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton.

But Ullam’s attorney said his client never gave Pixie the husky any pills — and never needed to because the show already had ended, with his girlfriend’s dog grabbing the best in show prize.

“Mr. Ullum denies he gave any pills to the dog,” Edward Maloney said Thursday following a court hearing.

Maloney suggested the allegations leveled against Ullum were a result of the heated competition during the Dec. 17 show.

“It’s a very highly competitive world. Emotions were flying high that day,” Maloney said.

Ullam, who was not in court for the brief hearing, is charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty and attempted criminal damage to property.

He was charged after Pixie’s trainer found what appeared to be drug residue near the dog after Ullum had been seen petting the animal, according to police and DuPage County prosecutors.

An undigested pill of Protonix was discovered after a veterinarian induced the dog to vomit, authorities said. Other drug residue was found nearby.

Protonix can be used to treat heartburn and other ailments, while Benadryl typically is an anti-allergy medication.

The rival dog’s handler couldn’t be reached Thursday for comment.

Judge Ronald Sutter set a Sept. 8 trial date.

If convicted, Ullum faces up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

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