Man admits setting out poisonous meatballs
A Ramona man pleaded guilty Sept. 29 to a felony charge of setting out poisonous meatballs that were apparently meant for dogs in a public area.
Gerald Francis Parry, 47, also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of poisoning an animal, as a cat ate some of the tainted meatballs on May 21. Deputy District Attorney Samantha Greene said the cat became ill, but was treated by a veterinarian and did not die.
Parry owns some cats, but the cat who ate the meatball did not belong to him, Greene added.
The incident was part of a dispute Parry apparently had with his landlord after his apartment manager complained about him having some cats in his apartment. Parry reportedly made the statement that the landlord should enforce rules about tenants with large dogs.
Deputy District Attorney Genaro Ramirez said Parry put out the meatballs in a dog run area next to the apartment complex. Ramirez said the maximum sentence is three years in prison, but Parry has no criminal record. He said Parry will be placed on probation, and the judge may impose some conditions.
El Cajon Superior Court Judge Allan Preckel set sentencing for Nov. 2. Parry remains free on his own recognizance.
Preckel dismissed a felony charge of animal cruelty after he pleaded guilty to the other two counts. He pleaded guilty on the day he was to have a preliminary hearing.
Parry was arrested May 21 by sheriff’s deputies after they received a 3:30 p.m. call to Parry’s apartment in the 120 block of Ramona Street. Parry was released from jail after no charges were filed in 72 hours, but the District Attorney’s office filed charges on August 3. His attorney could not be reached for comment.
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