Felony charge dropped against alleged dog poisoner
Felony charges were dropped against a Truckee man suspected of poisoning a dog in a Donner Lake neighborhood.
Nevada County Superior Court Judge Carl F. Bryan ordered a charge of felony animal cruelty resulting in death reduced to a misdemeanor last week.
John Linday Bryan, 41, was also charged with a second count of poisoning of an animal after he allegedly baited a bowl of antifreeze with dog biscuits.
Nevada County Superior Court Judge Carl F. Bryan was assigned the case after the suspect’s attorney requested that Judge Anders Holmer not preside over the case.
Judge Bryan reduced the felony charge during a preliminary hearing in Truckee on Aug. 27 to a misdemeanor, said Olga Lewis, a Nevada County Superior Court clerk.
Because the charges have been changed, another preliminary trial will take place on Sept. 10, she said.
According to reports, the dog, an Australian shepherd named Shilo, whose owners lived near Bryan’s Sierra Drive home near Donner Lake, became violently ill on June 6 and was taken to Carson-Tahoe Vet Hospital in Carson City.
The dog passed away at the hospital two days later.
It tested positive for ethylene glycol, one of the main ingredients in antifreeze. It can cause kidney failure in animals if they aren’t treated properly.
Authorities said neighbors found a bowl of anti-freeze baited with dog biscuits, and police and animal control served a search warrant on Bryan’s home several days later, where biscuits were reportedly recovered.
The preliminary trial is set for Sept. 10 at 8:30 at the Nevada County Superior Court in Truckee.
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