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Dogs burned, dumped on road

January 05, 1998

Dogs burned, dumped on road

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

HANCOCK - Two fatally burned dogs - one a barely recognizable puppy in a garbage bag - were dumped Sunday night in front of the Stine Road home of a Hancock firefighter.

Harry Sloan said both dogs were dead when he went down to investigate around 9:15 p.m.

After seeing the carcasses, Sloan called the Maryland State Police and later notified the Washington County SPCA.

"Trooper First Class C.J. Barnard came out and took pictures,'' Sloan said. No report was available this morning.

SPCA Director Shelly Moore said this morning that her agency was notified - by telephone and by e-mail - and that an officer had been sent to investigate.

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In addition, Sloan shot video of the gruesome discovery in hopes it might yield some clues to the identity of the person who burned the dogs.

"The dogs weren't burned here,'' Sloan said, drawing from his 10 years of experience as a firefighter in Hancock. "The road surface wasn't burned where they were.''

That firefighting knowledge, coupled with Vietnam War experiences, also led Sloan to the conclusion that the dogs were alive when they were set on fire.

"It looks like something was poured on the dogs and they were set on fire,'' Sloan said.

He described the larger dog as a mixed pit bull/collie between 30-60 pounds. The puppy's breed was unknown.

Sloan's first contact with the incident came when a neighbor called and asked Sloan if any of his dogs had been hit.

Sloan immediately went down to check and quickly discovered they weren't any of his dogs.

"We heard a car earlier but saw no fire,'' Sloan said. His home at 13777 Stine Road is in the area of the Happy Hills Campground.

Sloan said he is going to do something about the incident, noting that he is willing to work with the police and the SPCA to help find out who did this to the dogs.

"I'm going to be keeping a close eye on my dogs, too,'' Sloan said.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Maryland State Police at 301-739-2101 or the Washington County SPCA at 301-733-2060.

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