Dog Poisoner gets 30 days
November 21, 2002
After several hours of deliberation, a jury found a Truckee man guilty last week of a dog poisoning in June that left a Donner Lake area Australian shepherd dead.
John Lindsay Bryan, 41, was found guilty of one count of cruelty to an animal resulting in death and one count of poisoning an animal. He had baited a bowl of antifreeze with dog biscuits, Killing the dog within days.
Bryan was sentenced to 30 days in jail, three years of conditional probation and fines amounting to $1,295. The court also reserved the right to order restitution.
Bryan was originally charged with felony cruelty to an animal, however, Judge Carl F. Bryan reduced it to a misdemeanor during a preliminary hearing on Aug. 27.
According to reports, the poisoning occurred sometime around June 6, when the 22-month-old male Australian shepherd, Shilo – whose owners lived near Bryan’s Sierra Drive home near Donner Lake – became violently ill.
Shilo passed away two days later at the Carson-Tahoe Vet Hospital in Carson City, where the dog had been receiving treatment.
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The dog tested positive for ethylene glycol, one of the main ingredients in antifreeze that can cause kidney failure in animals if not treated promptly.
Animals are drawn to antifreeze because of its sweet taste, but only a few ounces of it can kill a medium-size animal.
Authorities said neighbors found a bowl of antifreeze baited with dog biscuits, and police and animal control served a search warrant on Bryan’s home several days later, where biscuits were recovered.
According to Nevada County Deputy District Attorney Frederick T. Holmes, Bryan has no local history of animal abuse, but animal control documents show he had previously reported problems with dogs in his neighborhood.
“His calls were that neighborhood dogs were running loose and messing up his yard with droppings,” Holmes said.
Holmes was unavailable for comment before the Sierra Sun’s deadline.