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Monday, Apr 2, 2007County: Washington
Disposition: Not Charged
Person of Interest: Kenneth M. Green, Jr
On Monday April 2nd, 2007 the Office of Code Compliance of the City of Hagerstown served an administrative search warrant at the residence of Mr. Kenneth Green, 115 Wakefield Drive, Hagerstown, MD.
The Humane Society of Washington County was asked by Mr. John Lestitian, Chief of the Office of Code Compliance for the City of Hagerstown to assist in the handling of at least 6 dogs they were informed were inside the house.
A total of 9 dogs, 2 live cats and the remains of one dog, 1 cat and 7 birds. were removed from the house. Two of the dogs were taken to a local veterinarian for treatment of fight-related injuries that occurred prior to the execution of the search warrant. All of the animals are being evaluated at this time.
In 2002, Mr. Green was charged with a total of 37 counts of cruelty to animals. As part of a plea agreement he entered seven Alford pleas to charges that he did not provide adequate care for animals. The remaining 30 charges were dropped. The Alford plea allows a defendant to not admit guilt but agree that the state has enough evidence to gain a conviction.
Green was sentenced to one year of supervised probation and two years unsupervised probation. He was ordered to have a mental evaluation within 30 days of the sentencing and was also ordered to take proper medication. He was to maintain sanitary conditions in his house. His home was to be monitored by the Washington County Health Department. His probation ended in spring 2006.
Mr. Green indicated on Tuesday April 2nd that he was housing the dogs for two rescues: Second Chance Rescue in Inwood, WV and Safe Haven Dog Rescue in Martinsburg, WV. In July 2006, Second Chance owner/director Mara Spade had 149 dogs seized and she was charged with animal cruelty by Berkeley County West Virginia Animal Control.
- The Humane Society of Washington County - April 3, 2007
- WMDT - April 4, 2007
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