City man, 45, is accused of killing couple's dog with pickax

Barking poodle near lot scared him, he tells police

October 23, 2002|By Allison Klein | Allison Klein,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore man has been accused of assaulting two people and killing their 10-pound white toy poodle with a pickax as the couple walked the dog on a leash on the city's west side, according to police documents.

"This is a disgusting act of maliciousness," said Assistant State's Attorney Page Croyder.

The incident occurred Sunday morning when the couple, Sheri Divver and George France were walking their 2-year-old dog Sweetie Poo near their home in the 200 block of Pearl St.

As they passed by a vacant lot, they saw Wayne M. Adger, who was working on the lot. Adger, 45, had become upset a day earlier when Sweetie Poo urinated on the edge of the lot, according to court documents.

When Adger saw the couple and the dog, he picked up a red masonry brick and hurled it at them, Divver said.

The brick missed them and France rolled it back to Adger, saying, "I think you lost something," according to documents.

Adger responded: "Do you want to do something?" and approached them with the pickax raised, documents say.

He then hit the dog on the side with the pick axe, throwing the animal in the air and killing her.

"He hit her like a golf ball," said Divver.

Adger, who lives in the 3800 block of Rexmere Road, told police the dog was barking at him and he was afraid, so he used the pickax to push her away.

When officers arrived, Adger had blood on his pants and was still holding the pickax. He was arrested and charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and animal cruelty. A police check also disclosed an open warrant for failing to pay a fine for soliciting prostitution. He was released on $25,000 bail.

Divver and France, both 25, have three other dogs. They said they consider them members of the family.

"I would have rather been hit by a pickax than my dog," Divver said tearfully.

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