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Portland man accused of poisoning neighbor’s dogs faces 64-count indictment

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Richard Schmidtke with his dogs Bandit and Snowflake (KPTV) Richard Schmidtke with his dogs Bandit and Snowflake (KPTV)
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A northeast Portland man accused of poisoning his neighbor’s dogs with a ricin-like toxin is now facing charges including aggravated animal abuse and attempted aggravated animal abuse.

A grand jury issued a 64-count indictment against 76-year-old Michael Joseph Lynch on Monday.

Lynch was initially arrested in May.

The owner of the dogs, Richard Scmidtke, said Lynch left a message on his answering machine threatening the dogs, and he later saw Lynch throw poisoned meat into his yard.

Schmidtke said his dogs, named Bandit and Snowflake, became seriously ill. They both survived.

Court documents state toxins were found in the dogs’ stomachs by a veterinarian. Court documents also stated what deputies discovered in Lynch’s home.

Investigators wrote that they found castor seeds, from which ricin can be derived, along with wrapped meat in a green liquid, a jar marked “botulism poison” and lists of poisons along with calendars noting “use slingshot to shoot meat over bushes,” the dates the dogs were barking and the dates Lynch “threw meat over the bushes.”

Deputies said when they arrived with a search warrant, Lynch told them he was armed and reached for his waistband. Deputies recovered a gun that was concealed in Lynch’s waistband and said he did not have a concealed weapons permit.

When contacted by FOX 12 in May, Lynch said, “I didn’t do anything to his dogs.”

Monday’s indictment alleges Lynch intentionally attempted to “maliciously kill” and “torture” the dogs.

Along with the animal abuse charges, Lynch was also indicted on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a loaded firearm in public and recklessly endangering another person.

An arraignment date on the new charges was not immediately scheduled.

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