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Man appeals convictions for dog deaths

December 20, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- A Williamsport man ordered to serve 90 days in jail for killing two dogs that were running on his property has appealed his case and is free on bond, court documents show.

Jeffrey Hurd, 55, of 11845 Camden Road, killed a Labrador retriever with a high-powered rifle in July 2007 and killed a German shepherd in 2008.

In each case, the dogs were chasing wild game onto Hurd's property, Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III said in November. Boone heard the case Oct. 27, and in November announced he found Hurd guilty of two counts of mutilating an animal and two counts of malicious destruction of property under $500. He sentenced Hurd Dec. 5.

Hurd was supposed to report Friday to the Washington County Detention Center, to allow time for a medical procedure Monday.

He reported to the jail Friday and posted an appeal bond of $20,000, a deputy said Friday afternoon.

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A Baltimore attorney on Wednesday filed notice of appeal of Hurd's conviction.

Boone sentenced Hurd to six years in prison for each of the mutilation charges, suspended all but 90 days in each case and ordered that the sentences run concurrently. He also ordered Hurd to serve the maximum of 60 days for each of the malicious destruction charges and ordered those sentences also to run concurrently.

Hurd faces a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed by the owners of the dogs and other neighbors who allege that Hurd is a nuisance who patrols the property line armed with a gun, fires a gun daily and has made death threats to his neighbors and government officials.

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