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Jury to hear animal cruelty case

October 23, 2002|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Animal cruelty charges against a Hagerstown man were transferred to Washington County Circuit Court Tuesday after his attorney asked for a jury trial.

Kenneth Green Jr., 53, of 115 Wakefield Road, had been on the docket for an appearance in Washington County District Court Tuesday morning until the transfer.

Green was charged in June with 19 counts of cruelty to animals and nine counts of mutilation.

Washington County Humane Society Executive Director Maria Procopio alleged that eight dogs, a cat and a dead Saint Bernard dog were found inside Green's house, which was filled with feces and trash.

An additional nine dogs were in crates in his carport without access to water for at least four hours, Procopio alleged.

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The mutilation charges were filed because the dogs bit other dogs during fights, Procopio said.

Green's attorney, John Salvatore, requested a half-day jury trial and a continuance, according to Circuit Court records.

A trial date was not set.

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