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By DAVE McMILLION | June 11, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- A Hagerstown man on Wednesday was handed a 30-day sentence, ordered to complete 100 hours of community service and is not allowed to own any dogs or cats for two years after four emaciated dogs were found on his property in August 2008, according to Washington County District Court records. Sonny Guy Norman Bowers, 44, of 1273 Fairchild Ave., also was ordered by Judge Ralph H. France II to pay $1,692 restitution to the Humane Society of Washington County, according to court records.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | July 9, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A woman charged with animal cruelty in November 2008, after authorities found a pit bull with open wounds and ribs showing in the attic of a Martinsburg home, backed out of a plea agreement Thursday in circuit court. Breshannon Leslie Deveraux, 34, of Martinsburg, was expected to be placed on supervised probation for five years upon entering a guilty plea to one felony count of animal cruelty, according to a plea letter filed with Berkeley County Circuit Clerk Virginia M. Sine's office.
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by RICHARD F. BELISLE | April 8, 2004
waynesboro@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A second person wanted on animal cruelty charges in the beating and death of a dog found alive in a trash bin had not been apprehended by late Wednesday afternoon, Waynesboro Police Chief Ray Shultz said. In another development in the case, officials from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in Norfolk, Va., wrote to Franklin County District Attorney Jack Nelson asking that the case be vigorously prosecuted. Nelson was out Wednesday afternoon, but a spokeswoman in his office said it was too soon to consider such a request.
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by DAVE McMILLION | April 5, 2006
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Two Jefferson County, W.Va., women were charged with 22 counts each of animal cruelty Monday after county officials found dogs at their home whose coats were matted with feces and mud and about five or six dead dogs in plastic trash bags behind the house, according to police and court records. Bones of dogs also were found in the ground near the dead dogs in bags, although officials are unclear how many dog bodies the bones represented, said Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Vincent Tiong and Bill Polk, Jefferson County's maintenance director and animal control supervisor.
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By ERIN JULIUS | June 3, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - A man who has been in the news over the past several years for owning two cloned cows and their offspring pleaded guilty Monday morning to two felony counts related to the death of two cows. Gregory Charles Wiles, who was charged with five felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty in connection with 31 cows seized and impounded by the Humane Society of Washington County in December 2007, won't serve any time in jail. But as one of several conditions of his three-year probation, Wiles may not own or possess any livestock.
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February 21, 2008
A man who was charged in January with five felony violations of causing the cruel killing of an animal asked a judge Wednesday in Washington County District Court for a jury trial. The case of Gregory Charles Wiles, 41, was forwarded to Washington County Circuit Court, where jury trials are heard. Wiles also was charged in January with 29 misdemeanor violations of failing to provide sufficient food and drink, according to court documents. The Humane Society of Washington County in December 2007 seized 34 cows - 15 Holstein heifers from a pasture on College Road in the Hagerstown area and 18 cows and one dead cow from a pasture on Neck Road in the Williamsport area.
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by DON AINES | February 16, 2007
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - The Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter spent thousands of dollars after it took in 63 mostly sick and undernourished dogs last month, but will be getting some of the money back under an agreement structured by Magisterial District Judge Richard Alloway and the attorney for a couple that ran an illegal kennel. Tim and Cindy Keller of 5823 Mountain Road, Chambersburg, were issued citations last month on eight counts each of animal cruelty and one count each of operating a kennel without a license.
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July 7, 2004
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Finksburg, Md., man charged with cruelty to animals in connection with a dog found injured in a trash bin last winter waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court, according to Assistant District Attorney T.R. Williams. Dallas Davis, 36, who is in Franklin County Prison, had his bail lowered from $20,000 to $5,000 and was made eligible for pre-trial release, Williams said. Davis, formerly of 807 W. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa., is charged by Waynesboro police with cruelty to animals and terroristic threats.
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by ERIN JULIUS | April 4, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - A Sharpsburg woman who kept malnourished, injured and worm-infested horses on her Sharpsburg farm entered into a plea agreement Tuesday, entering an Alford plea to one felony count of animal cruelty and pleading guilty to 10 misdemeanor counts of animal neglect in Washington County Circuit Court. Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges that the state has sufficient evidence to gain a conviction. Barbara Perry Reinken, 62, was sentenced to three years in prison and a $5,000 fine on the felony count with 10 additional 90-day consecutive sentences for the misdemeanors.
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