Court Briefs: Animal Cruelty And Theft Cases

Staff Report

Two cases of alleged cruelty to animals and failure to vaccinate were continued by Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados Tuesday, one because a defendant, Dolores Montano, was ill and the other, Mary Wood, because the officer was not present. Both cases involve animals allegedly left behind at an Alabama Avenue apartment after an eviction last October.

Montano is charged with nine counts of animal cruelty for allegedly not providing necessary sustenance to nine cats, and six counts of failure to vaccinate cats for rabies. Mary Wood is charged with two counts of animal cruelty for allegedly abandoning or failure to provide sustenance for two dogs and two counts of failure to provide proof that two dogs were vaccinated for rabies. Pre-trial hearings have been slated for May 18.

Javon Martinez appeared before Magistrate Judge Pat Casados Monday, April 3, on a larceny charge for the alleged theft March 31 of a gas-powered bike from outside Los Alamos Medical Center. Ofc. Sheldon Simpson responded to LAMC and made contact with Martinez and the victim. Court records say Martinez told Simpson he was asked by a man to take the bike to his van but later admitted that there was no other person.

After it was determined that there was an active warrant in place from Rio Arriba County, Martinez was placed in custody and transported to the detention center. The victim told police he was at his workstation when he observed Martinez pushing the bike through the parking lot. He approached Martinez who allegedly told him the same story about the “other person” and returned the bike to the rack. Martinez was released on bond pending his first court appearance.