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Williamsport woman asks for peace order against man charged with killing her dog

May 13, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- A Williamsport woman whose dog was killed Thursday was in Washington County District Court Monday morning to ask for a peace order against the man charged in connection with the dog's death.

A German Shepherd named Harley was shot several times Thursday night with a high-powered rifle after the dog wandered onto property owned by Jeffrey Hurd, 54, Washington County District Court documents show.

Renee Rudolph and her father have filed requests for peace orders against Hurd. Rudolph said Friday that the peace order requests were filed after she and her father felt threatened by something Hurd said Thursday night.

Hurd was not in court Monday morning. Hurd, of 11845 Camden Road, was charged with animal cruelty and malicious destruction of property in connection with the dog's death. Hurd also was charged in connection with the July 2007 death of a Labrador retriever that was on his property, troopers said.

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The black Labrador retriever killed in July 2007 belonged to Arthur Pereschuk, Renee Rudolph's father.

According to court documents, when Renee Rudolph went to Hurd's home after they heard gunshots, Hurd told them, "I'll shoot you and I'll say I was shooting at a turkey," according to allegations in court documents.

In court Monday, Rudolph told the judge that she once heard Hurd threaten to kill her father. Hurd also told her mother that he was an excellent marksman who never missed his target and that if he killed her father, "it would be worth it," Rudolph told the judge.

District Judge Ralph H. France II extended the peace order by one week, at which time a full hearing will be held, he said.

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