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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | June 16, 2011
A pit bull involved in an a vicious May attack on sheep at a Funkstown farm should be euthanized, the Washington County Animal Control Authority ruled Thursday night. The dog, Isabella, was one of two pit bulls witnesses said they saw at Joseph Frey’s farm at 116 Old National Pike the morning of May 15, when Frey found six of his sheep dead and 14 others injured. Eight of the wounded sheep had to be euthanized because of the extent of their injuries, and the remaining six are recovering, Frey said Thursday.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | January 7, 2005
pepperb@herald-mail.com MAUGANSVILLE - Twelve cats sheltered at the Humane Society of Washington County were to be euthanized Thursday after officials there learned 13 seemingly healthy cats, who either died or were euthanized as a result of an unexplained illness, had a highly contagious virus called feline panleukopenia. About two weeks ago, the shelter sent the carcasses of two cats to be tested at the Maryland Department of Agriculture Animal Health Laboratory in Frederick, Md., and has since sent two more carcasses for testing.
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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | October 14, 2011
About 40 Black Angus cattle were killed or euthanized after a livestock trailer overturned on Interstate 68 near Sideling Hill Thursday afternoon, according to Maryland State Police. The driver of the tractor-trailer, Jason Braithwhite of Points, W.Va., had only minor injuries, Senior Trooper Robert Care said. Braithwhite was the independent owner of the tractor-trailer which was transporting 96 cattle from a farm in Greencastle, Pa., to a facility in Nebraska where they were to be fattened up for sale, Care said.
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by TARA REILLY | April 21, 2004
tarar@herald-mail.com WASHINGTON COUNTY - Stray animals picked up by the Humane Society of Washington County may have to be euthanized sooner in an attempt to cut costs, Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook said Tuesday. The commissioners met with Humane Society officials to discuss the organization's expenses and its request for a county funding increase of approximately $783,000. The Humane Society is under contract with the county to provide animal control services, including responding to calls about animals and picking up strays.
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August 2, 2005
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Humane Society will hold its third annual Candlelight Vigil on Saturday, Aug. 20, to remember the 2,513 cats and dogs that had to be euthanized at the shelter in 2004. The ceremony will be held in the back field at the Martinsburg Mall. The Rev. Terri Cofiell of Hedgesville United Methodist Church will conduct the service, which will include prayers, poems and bagpipe music. The public is invited to participate by bringing their pets to receive individual blessings.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | February 5, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - State police continue their search for the two people whose dogs were freed from Berkeley County's animal control facility hours before they were to be euthanized to determine whether they know anything about the break-in. The case was transferred from the Martinsburg Police Department to West Virginia state troopers, who have a wider jurisdiction. Authorities believe the dogs' owners may be in another part of the state, said West Virginia State Police Sgt. Deke Walker.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | July 30, 2004
Dog declared vicious, to be euthanized MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commission voted Thursday to accept a recommendation that a bull mastiff that bit a man three times earlier this month be declared vicious and be euthanized. The dog, Thunder, bit Trevor Eccleston on the left ankle, right thigh and left bicep on July 18, according to JoAnn Overington, chairwoman of the Nuisance Appeal Board, which oversees cases involving dogs that have attacked people or other animals.
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By HEATHER KEELS | September 1, 2009
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- The Washington County Commissioners discussed Tuesday whether animals that are declared "vicious and dangerous" should be allowed to remain in the community or should be required to be euthanized or sent out of the county. Currently, animals declared vicious and dangerous by the county's Animal Control Authority have to be kept in a confined building or secure enclosure and cannot be let out unless muzzled, leashed and controlled. If the owner violates those rules, the animal can be impounded and potentially euthanized.
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | May 10, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Of the 3,627 cats, dogs, puppies and kittens accepted by the Berkeley County Humane Society last year, more than half - 1,846 - had to be euthanized, according to statistics compiled by the organization. "It's bad when you have to put a healthy animal down when there's no home for it," said Humane Society president Shari Persad of the work done by the shelter's three certified euthanization technicians. In 2005, the shelter took in 3,910 felines and canines and 2,188 of them had to be euthanized.
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October 26, 2000
Bartlett's bill to protect pooches By LAURA ERNDE / Staff Writer A bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett Jr. to discourage euthanization of retired military dogs passed Congress Thursday night. If signed by President Clinton, the law will allow Department of Defense dogs to be adopted by their handlers or other suitable people when they get too old to work. Current law doesn't permit adoptions because of the risk of lawsuits. There's no guarantee the sometimes aggressive dogs wouldn't hurt someone.
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July 4, 2013
A horse rescued from Lappans Road this week had to be euthanized Wednesday because of its condition, according to a spokeswoman for the Humane Society of Washington County. A person who was concerned about the horse's condition  alerted authorities about the animal, according to Addie Nardi, director of development for the humane society. The horse was taken to the humane society on Maugansville Road on Monday, Nardi said. A veterinarian examined the horse and determined nothing could be done to save the animal, Nardi said.
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May 12, 2013
According to statistics from the Humane Society of Washington County, which in the past have not been made public, March's total of 142 adoptions reflects an increase of 43 more than this past February and 48 more than in March 2012. The number of animals that were euthanized or died at the facility in April decreased by 12 percent, or about 335 animals, as compared to April 2012, said Michael Lausen, executive director of the Humane Society of Washington County. As of April, the euthanasia/death rate for the current year - statistics are tracked by fiscal years that end June 30 - also comes in slightly lower than the 2010-11 year, according to statistics.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | December 3, 2012
Three people were bitten by two pit bulls in the area of East and Mulberry avenues Sunday afternoon and a Hagerstown Police officer shot and wounded the animals when one tried to bite him, officials said. Both animals were later euthanized, according to an email sent Monday afternoon from Washington County Humane Society spokeswoman Katherine Cooker. The dogs were a 3-year-old male and a 3-month-old male, and both will be tested for rabies, Cooker wrote in the email. A man, woman and girl were taken to Meritus Medical Center for treatment after the attacks, but the police officer did not need medical treatment, the release said.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | April 16, 2012
A Hagerstown woman whose home was entered by officials last week to remove 42 cats said Monday that she wants to have the animals returned. “I miss them. They're like my kids,” said Gladys Mills, an occupant of the two-story brick duplex at 40 Charles St. Mills said she didn't adopt the cats. They came to her house and stayed when she started to feed them. “I didn't want them to be hungry,” she said. On Monday afternoon, two dishes of food remained on a walkway in the backyard of the home.
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December 27, 2011
With 2011 drawing to a close, The Herald-Mail took a look back at some of the stories the newspaper published during the year. We will follow up on some of those stories each day through Saturday to provide a glimpse of what happened next.   Fire shuts down historic pipe organ factory The story: A fire damaged a section of a historic building at 403 N. Prospect St. in Hagerstown that housed the Eastern Organ Pipes factory. The update: The building has been condemned, and Eastern Organ Pipes has gone out of business.
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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | October 14, 2011
About 40 Black Angus cattle were killed or euthanized after a livestock trailer overturned on Interstate 68 near Sideling Hill Thursday afternoon, according to Maryland State Police. The driver of the tractor-trailer, Jason Braithwhite of Points, W.Va., had only minor injuries, Senior Trooper Robert Care said. Braithwhite was the independent owner of the tractor-trailer which was transporting 96 cattle from a farm in Greencastle, Pa., to a facility in Nebraska where they were to be fattened up for sale, Care said.
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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | June 16, 2011
A pit bull involved in an a vicious May attack on sheep at a Funkstown farm should be euthanized, the Washington County Animal Control Authority ruled Thursday night. The dog, Isabella, was one of two pit bulls witnesses said they saw at Joseph Frey’s farm at 116 Old National Pike the morning of May 15, when Frey found six of his sheep dead and 14 others injured. Eight of the wounded sheep had to be euthanized because of the extent of their injuries, and the remaining six are recovering, Frey said Thursday.
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By HEATHER KEELS | September 1, 2009
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- The Washington County Commissioners discussed Tuesday whether animals that are declared "vicious and dangerous" should be allowed to remain in the community or should be required to be euthanized or sent out of the county. Currently, animals declared vicious and dangerous by the county's Animal Control Authority have to be kept in a confined building or secure enclosure and cannot be let out unless muzzled, leashed and controlled. If the owner violates those rules, the animal can be impounded and potentially euthanized.
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October 28, 2008
"The TV news idea of objective reporting is that every time you do a positive story on Obama, you do a negative story on Palin and it all balances out. " -- Waynesboro, Pa. "Obama graduated from Harvard with a law degree magna cum laude and McCain graduated from the Naval Academy fifth from the bottom of his class. If a doctor was going to perform an operation on you, which one would you choose? One that graduated at the top of his class or the one who graduated at the bottom of his class?"
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By HEATHER KEELS | July 23, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- The Humane Society of Washington County euthanized 11 kittens and two adult cats in recent days after they showed symptoms of a highly contagious, deadly gastrointestinal disease, organization spokeswoman Katherine Cooker said. The shelter's other 110 cats have been quarantined, and the cat adoption area and housing units will be closed until it is deemed safe to reopen them, Cooker said. The disease, known as panleukopenia or "feline distemper," was apparently brought into the shelter by a stray cat, she said.
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