ANNAPOLIS -- The killing of two dogs in Williamsport has prompted a bill being considered by the Maryland General Assembly that would make it illegal to kill a dog that is chasing deer.
The Washington County delegation voted Wednesday to enter the bill. The law is in place in at least seven other Maryland counties.
Jeffrey Hurd, of 11845 Camden Road in Williamsport, was found guilty in November of two counts of mutilating an animal and two counts of malicious destruction of property under $500 for killing dogs on his property in 2007 and 2008.
Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III, who issued the verdict, sentenced Hurd to 90 days in jail in December for the 2007 shooting of a Labrador retriever and the 2008 shooting of a German shepherd.