Suspected poisoner pleads innocent
A Truckee man pleaded innocent Monday to charges he poisoned a dog by baiting a bowl of antifreeze with dog biscuits.
John Lindsay Bryan, 41, of Truckee, appeared in Nevada County Superior Court with his attorney, Oliver Saunders, and pleaded innocent to one count of felony cruelty to an animal resulting in death and a second count of poisoning of an animal, a misdemeanor.
In addition, Saunders requested that Nevada County Superior Court Judge Anders Holmer not preside over the trial. A different judge was assigned the case.
“He has a right to do that without giving any explanation,” said Deputy District Attorney Frederick T. Holmes.
Bryan, charged on June 27, is alleged to have baited a bowl of antifreeze with dog biscuits.
According to 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 earlier this month.
Animals are drawn to antifreeze because of its sweet taste, but only a few ounces of it can kill a medium size animal.
According to reports, the dog, an Australian shepherd named Shilo whose owners lived near Bryan’s Sierra Drive home near Donner Lake, become 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 promptly.
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 recovered.
Bryan told animal control he had a cat, but no dogs.
If he is convicted, Bryan faces a maximum three years incarceration on the felony count and six months on the misdemeanor.
A preliminary hearing was set for August 27 at 1:30 p.m. in Truckee.
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