May 13, 1997
The Washington County SPCA has been awarded a $4,020 grant from the William Snyder Foundation for Animals to fund a nationally recognized education program. The money will enable the SPCA to sponsor all students in Washington County, grades 3-5, in a program that provides a gift subscription to the National Association of Humane and Environmental Education's Kind News, a newspaper and teacher's guide. Kind News is sent to classrooms from September through May and has articles about the world, the animals that inhabit the world and how children can make a difference.
October 19, 1999
The name of the Washington County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is being changed to the Humane Society of Washington County. The organization is changing its name on its paperwork and signs and will use both names until the end of the year, Executive Director Shelly Moore said. One reason the group is changing its name is that it wants to emphasize that it is a humane organization and does more than just animal control, she said. They also hope that the new name will make it clear that the organization is not a county department, she said.
January 27, 1997
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer In addition to the usual dog and cat adoption forms on the counter at the Washington County SPCA, there's something new - applications for 12 horses in need of homes. The horses, including 10 confiscated last October for malnutrition and neglect, were made the property of the county SPCA on Jan. 8 when their owner was convicted of animal cruelty in Washington County District Court. Gerald W. Hubbard, 53, of 18128 Taylors Landing Road, near Sharpsburg, was given probation before judgment on 11 counts of animal cruelty.
September 8, 1997
By BRENDAN KIRBY Staff Writer A Hagerstown man, with the help of the Washington County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, took advantage of a man on Indian Springs Road last winter and removed his beloved pet goats, according to a lawsuit filed on Thursday. Donald Shoemaker, acting as administrator of his late father's estate, filed the suit in Washington County Circuit Court. In it, he said a representative of Broadfording Road resident Bruce R. Bowden showed up at Jesse L. Shoemaker Sr.'s home in February with SPCA agents.
October 18, 1998
Fall is a busy season for pets and pet owners in the area, thanks to the Washington County SPCA and Fuzzy Buddies. Pet or Treat, sponsored by Fuzzy Buddies, will be conducted Tuesday at Coffman Nursing Home beginning at 2 p.m. Additional Pet or Treat events will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Homewood Retirement Center; 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at Colton Villa Nursing Home; 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at Clearview Nursing Home; and at 1 p.m....
July 9, 2003
"I want to thank the person who found my purse at the blood pressure machine at Wal-Mart and turning it in to the customer service desk. What a good person you must be. God will bless you. " "Why do you assume that the homeless are buying cigarettes? Most of the time they bum a cigarette here and there. Because I know a homeless person and that is what they do. You very seldom see one with an entire pack of cigarettes. " "I am beginning to think that there are weapons of mass deception.
November 24, 1998
Why not test all? To the editor: I drive a 1994 Oldsmobile that has had to be emission-tested in 1996 and 1998. It passed both times. As I drive around Hagerstown and Washington County I am often met by large trucks emitting their pollution everywhere. It is my understanding only certain vehicles need to be emission-tested, while others, like large trucks, are exempt from the test. How can this program be successful if all vehicles on the road are not tested?
January 9, 1999
Higher dog license fees, increased fines, shorter confinements for strays and a new board to hear complaints are elements of a proposed animal control law for Washington County. The Washington County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals now keeps strays for at least five days before allowing them to be adopted or, if there is no room at the shelter, euthanizing them, said Executive Director Shelly Moore. Under the proposal, that time period would be shortened to three days.