Man with cats guilty of prohibited treatment

From Staff Reports

A Clayton County man was found guilty of 29 counts of prohibited treatment of animals in Clayton County State Court Thursday.

Laird Schaff, 49, was arrested in March 2003 after neighbors in the Stockbridge mobile home park where Schaff lived complained of a smell coming from the trailer. Animal control personnel investigated and discovered nearly 60 live cats in the trailer and several others who had died and were decomposing. The trailer was stained throughout with cat feces and urine, according to testimony heard during the three-day trial.

Many of the cats were quite ill and several died. Some have been rehabilitated and have either been adopted or are in an animal foster home.

Schaff was sentenced to serve three months in jail, more than four years of probation and three years of a suspended jail sentence. During the probation and suspended sentence he can't own, control or be in the presence of any animals.

Laird has filed an appeal and was granted $4,000 bond, but Clayton County Master Assistant Solicitor General Evelyn Sandefur said she did not know if he had bonded out of jail as of Thursday afternoon.