Jeffrey Lynn Hurd was offered time to get his affairs in order before serving a 90-day sentence for shooting a neighbor's dog, but he told Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III on Wednesday that he wanted to start serving the sentence immediately.
Hurd, 56, of 11845 Camden Road in Williamsport, was convicted in 2008 of two counts each of mutilating an animal and malicious destruction of property for shooting two dogs, one belonging to Arthur and Sonja Pereschuk in 2007, and another belonging to James and Renee Rudolph in 2007, according to court records.
"I don't think you're a bad person. I just think you're different," Boone told Hurd before denying his motion for work release. "Sometimes, I think you overreact."
The convictions for shooting the Pereschuks' dog, Bristol, were overturned by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, which ruled Hurd acted legally, based on his claim that the dog was chasing a deer on his property. The court upheld the convictions for shooting the Rudolphs' dog, Harley, because state law does not allow a civilian to shoot a dog chasing a game bird, in this case a turkey.