Neighbor allegedly poisoned dogs with antifreeze, ricin

Both dogs survived

Michael Lynch (left) faces 64 charges for allegedly poisoning his neighbor's dogs, July 17, 2017 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A Portland man accused of trying to poison his neighbor’s dogs is facing 64 charges including animal abuse and endangering another person.

According to prosecutors, Michael Lynch used several different poisons including ricin and antifreeze.

While complaints between the neighbors began in mid-2015, the case started in July 2016.

Richard Schmidtke filed a civil lawsuit against his neighbor Michael Lynch for allegedly poisoning his dogs, July 17, 2017 (KOIN)
Richard Schmidtke filed a civil lawsuit against his neighbor Michael Lynch for allegedly poisoning his dogs, July 17, 2017 (KOIN)

Richard Schmidtke said 2 of his Brittany spaniels ended up ingesting poison last summer. He also said, at one point, he saw Lynch toss something into his yard.

The first of his 2 dogs to get sick was Snowflake on July 11, 2016. He found her with a piece of sausage in her mouth that was butterflied open. Not long after, she started to vomit.

Schmidtke bagged the food sample and veterinarians later determined she had ingested antifreeze.

The next day, his other dog suffered from similar symptoms.

Both dogs survived the incident.

About a week later is when Schmidtke said he saw Lynch toss something into his yard. Multnomah County Animal Services eventually secured a search warrant for Lynch’s home.

Michael Lynch is accused of poisoning his neighbors dogs. (MCSO)
Michael Lynch is accused of poisoning his neighbors dogs. (MCSO)

Prior to searching Lynch’s home, Lynch had contacted MCAS about Schmidtke’s “barking dogs” and made vague threats of wanting to “handle [the situation] on his own.”

When investigators searched Lynch’s property they found the following items:

  • “Chemistry for Dummies;”
  • Pair of black gloves;
  • Bottles of antifreeze;
  • Jar of castor beans;
  • Bean sprout plant;
  • Chicken meat;
  • Hot dog meat;
  • Pellets;
  • Ant killer;
  • Rat poison powder;
  • “Ricin meat out of dog’s mouth;”
  • Slingshot;
  • Castor beans;
  • Unknown green pills

“I believe that Michael J. Lynch is soaking meat in antifreeze or some other form of poison…Less than three ounces of antifreeze is sufficient to poison a medium-sized dog,” according to a search warrant request prepared by MCAS.

Lynch’s arraignment was set for Monday at the Multnomah County Justice Center where he pleaded not guilty on all charges.

Schmidtke also filed a suit against Lynch in civil court, but attorneys for that case said they’ll wait to see what happens in the criminal case before moving forward.

KOIN 6 News reporter Tim Becker contributed to this report.