A Raleigh man accused along with his wife of poisoning and killing his neighbor’s dogs was a board member of an animal rescue organization in Wake County.
James Goldston, 71, and Agnes Goldston, 73, were charged Thursday by the Wake County Sheriff’s Office with three counts of felony animal cruelty and a misdemeanor offense of communicating threats.
Saving Grace, a Wake Forest nonprofit that rescues and shelters dogs, said via social media that James Goldston resigned as a board member the day after his arrest. The group’s website lists Molly Goldston as its founder, though it does not say if she is related to the Goldstons and the agency did not return phone and email messages from The News & Observer on Monday.
“Although he did not have any direct interaction with the dogs at Saving Grace, James Goldston has voluntarily resigned, effective immediately, to avoid any distraction from the important work of the organization,” Saving Grace said in a Facebook post.
The Goldstons were arrested Thursday and posted $30,000 bail each on Friday, The N&O previously reported.
Raleigh dogs allegedly poisoned
The couple is alleged to have been in a dispute with their neighbor Philip Ridley and to have poisoned three of Ridley’s black Labrador retriever dogs.
Two died, and all three were found by a veterinarian to have been poisoned, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
James Goldston is also accused of tossing a handwritten letter into the Ridleys’ yard threatening their daughter, arrest warrants obtained by The N&O show.
“Your Daughter is Next. B Careful,” the letter read.
Ridley told WRAL that one dog died in July 2022 and that he believed the Goldstons poisoned squirrels the dogs may have eaten.
Ridley has had previous issues with the Goldstons, and other neighbors have received threats from them, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Colleen Hammond contributed to this report.