By BRENDAN KIRBY
A Hagerstown man, with the help of the Washington County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, took advantage of a man on Indian Springs Road last winter and removed his beloved pet goats, according to a lawsuit filed on Thursday.
Donald Shoemaker, acting as administrator of his late father's estate, filed the suit in Washington County Circuit Court. In it, he said a representative of Broadfording Road resident Bruce R. Bowden showed up at Jesse L. Shoemaker Sr.'s home in February with SPCA agents. They gathered up 30 goats, which Shoemaker kept as pets and hauled them away to be sold, according to court papers.
As compensation for the animals - which are valued at $4,950 - Shoemaker was given $100, the suit alleges.
According to the suit, Shoemaker believed the SPCA agents were police officers requiring him to surrender the goats.
R. Martin Palmer, Shoemaker's attorney, said the man was illiterate. The suit contends that Bowden intended to sell the goats for a huge profit and refused to return them even after Shoemaker offered to give back the $100.