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East Elmhurst Animal Hoarder Avoids Additional Jail Time, Released for Time Served

Grant’s home where the animals were found (Google Maps)

Oct. 25, 2019 By Allie Griffin

An East Elmhurst woman who was found guilty in August of assaulting a probation officer and animal cruelty has been released from prison for time served.

Elizabeth Grant, 51, who had been held on Rikers Island for 14 months on a parole violation, pushed a probation officer down the stairs of her 82nd Street home in August 2018 when the officer made an unannounced visit last year.

The officer was injured when she was checking to see if Grant had any animals in the home, as Grant was serving three years’ probation from an April 2018 conviction on animal cruelty charges and was banned from owning pets for 10 years.

Part of the probation included unannounced visits for compliance checks. 

During the home visit, the probation officer found more than a dozen malnourished animals in filthy, unsanitary conditions. 

Grant was hit with multiple counts of criminal contempt, as well as second-degree assault and second-degree harassment. Grant was also sent to Rikers after the assault for violating her parole.

Supreme Court Justice Daniel Lewis sentenced Grant to six months in jail for the assault yesterday, which amounted to time served. He ordered her to participate in a mental health treatment program and issued a 3 year conditional discharge. Grant was released last night.

The District Attorney had requested that Grant be sentenced to four years in prison and that another ban from having pets be issued. Justice Lewis declined to issue a new animal ban, but warned the defendant that if she violated the previous ban — in place through 2028 — that she could go to prison for seven years. 

“The defendant in this case pushed a law enforcement officer after she had spotted animals hidden in an upstairs bedroom,” Acting Queens District Attorney John Ryan said. “Those pets — which the defendant was previously banned from owning — were not well-cared for and many were malnourished.”

“The defendant, who was previously convicted at trial, showed a blatant disregard for the Court’s order and physically injured the Probation Officer who was doing her job.”

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Herbert Lewis

Any guess what the first thing Loony Tunes is going to do now that she’s out of the clink? Animals of Queens run for tour lives!

Eileen Murphy Connor

Want to bet it was her neighbors who reported her. The smell must permeate their walls. I’ve driven by that house and what a dump. It screams hoarder house.


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