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Group displeased with court ruling in dog case gathers for prayer

July 10, 2011

HAGERSTOWN — About 30 people attended a prayer Sunday afternoon in front of Washington County Circuit Court in downtown Hagerstown that was tied to a civil case involving a Williamsport man who was convicted for shooting and killing a neighbor’s dog.

The prayer was held to express displeasure with the conduct of the case, according to a news release issued by Luanne Hurd, wife of Jeffrey Lynn Hurd.

Jeffrey Lynn Hurd, 57, of Camden Road in Williamsport, was convicted in 2009 on criminal charges of shooting a dog belonging to Arthur and Sonja Pereschuk in July 2007 and a dog belonging to James and Renee Rudolph in May 2008. The conviction for shooting the Pereschuks’ dog was overturned by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.

In a civil case that stemmed in part from the shootings of the dogs, a jury in May 2010 awarded more than $150,000 to three families. The outcome of that case was being appealed by Hurd.

— Julie E. Greene

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