HAGERSTOWN - On the way to the pool for the Humane Society's annual "Pooch Plunge" Wednesday evening, Eric Rosenthal's 12-year-old son, Michael, asked him how many people he thought would be there.
Rosenthal guessed there might be 20 people. He wasn't even close.
More than 140 people and about 110 dogs showed up to swim together at Claude M. Potterfield pool, raising more than $400 in memory of the Rosenthal's poodle, Charlie, who was poisoned by a neighbor in 2005.
It was the fifth year the Humane Society of Washington County hosted the event, but the first time it dedicated the proceeds to Charlie's Fund, the organization's spokeswoman, Katherine Cooker, said.
The Rosenthals recently established the fund to promote humane treatment of animals and to help owners pay to have their pets tested for possible poisoning, Rosenthal said. It also will be used to educate pet owners about household substances that can be toxic to pets, like the antifreeze that killed Charlie, he said.