Trial set in animal cruelty case |

Trial set in animal cruelty case

by Merrie Leininger

A Gardnerville Ranchos resident pleaded not guilty in East Fork Justice Court Wednesday afternoon to charges of cruelty of animals.

Bobby Jay Griffith, 54, of 1209 Alicia Circle, pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge stemming from allegations he poisoned cats at the Mountain Shadows Apartments, the apartment complex his wife manages, by setting out bowls of milk mixed with anti-freeze. Court documents did not specify how many cats were killed.

He was cited by animal control Feb. 11 after an independent-contractor maintenance worker from the apartments called animal control to report the behavior, according to court documents.

The maintenance worker wrote a letter to Judge Jim EnEarl complaining that Griffith called the owner of the apartment building and had him fired.

Griffith told the judge he never called the owner and had him fired, but when the judge put Griffith under oath, he admitted his wife had called the owner without his knowledge.

His trial was set for 9 a.m. March 25. He was released on $270 cash bail on the condition he possess no anti-freeze.

Dr. Thom Haig of Carson Valley Veterinary Hospital said if animals ingest anti-freeze, they will experience kidney failure and eventually, a painful death.

“It precipitates out in the kidneys and crystals form that rupture the kidney cells,” he said. “It depends on their size and how much they drink, but even several days later they will be vomiting, have kidney failure and go into a coma before they die.”

He said even a small amount will be enough to kill a cat.