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Charges in cat-shooting case placed on inactive status

May 27, 2010|By DON AINES

HAGERSTOWN -- A Smithsburg man whose son was charged with shooting a cat with a bow and arrow in March had related charges against him placed on the inactive docket during an appearance this week in Washington County District Court.

The man was charged with contributing to the condition of a child, mutilating an animal, animal cruelty and malicious destruction of property valued at more than $500, according to the statement of charges. The man was in court Wednesday when his case was placed on inactive status, court records show.

To avoid identifying the juvenile, The Herald-Mail is not identifying the man.

Cases placed on inactive status for three years are usually not brought back to court unless there is another offense committed during that time, according to the State's Attorney's Office.

The order placing the case on inactive status requires the man to pay restitution to the pet's owners and that he possess no knives, guns or bows and arrows, according to court records. Bills for surgery and other costs exceeded $1,600 at the time the charges were filed March 24, records show.

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Smithsburg Police said the man's son was charged as a juvenile at the time of the offense. Juvenile records are closed to the public.

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