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San Diego County cat-lover accused of trying to poison neighbors' dogs.

May 23, 2009 |  7:24 pm

A man is in jail in San Diego after being arrested on suspicion of attempting to poison dogs owned by residents of the apartment building where he lives in Ramona, in northeastern San Diego County.

Gerald Parry, 46, had been warned by the building's management that he had too many cats in his apartment. In response, he left poisoned meatballs near the apartment building's dog run, according to the county Sheriff's Department. No dogs were harmed.

Parry had complained that he was being unfairly targeted for having cats while other tenants were allowed to keep large dogs, the department said in a statement Saturday.

Parry is being charged with cruelty to animals and leaving poison in a public place, and is being held in lieu of $50,500 bail.

--Tony Perry