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Man sentenced in animal cruelty case

June 25, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

A Hagerstown man who entered pleas in an animal cruelty case last month was sentenced Tuesday to one year of supervised probation and his home will have to be monitored by the Washington County Health Department, according to court information.

Kenneth M. Green Jr., 54, of 115 Wakefield Road, entered seven Alford pleas in May to charges that he did not provide adequate care for animals. Green originally faced 37 charges, but the remaining charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt, but agrees that the state has enough evidence to gain a conviction.

Washington County Humane Society officials began an investigation in June 2002, when they found the body of a Saint Bernard and 18 dogs and cats that needed treatment at Green's home.

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Green was sentenced in Washington County Circuit Court to 90 days in prison on each charge, but the prison time was suspended, and Green was placed on one year supervised probation and two years unsupervised probation.

Green was ordered to have a mental evaluation within 30 days. He also was ordered to take proper medication and maintain sanitary conditions in his house, which would be monitored by the Health Department.

Green would need approval to have any animals in his home.

He also was ordered to pay a $145 fine and $855 in court fees.

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