Who, age What Where Last Known Address When
Kenneth M. Green, Jr., 53 1 St. Bernard found dead, 17 dogs, 1 cat seized

Hagerstown, MD

Washington County

  June 22, 2002
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved
Misdemeanor   1 St. Bernard, 17 other dogs & 1 cat

Case #2:

Who, age What Where Last Known Address When
Kenneth M. Green, Jr., 58 1 dog, 1 cat, 7 birds found dead, 9 dogs, 2 cats seized

Hagerstown, MD

Washington County

  April 1, 2007
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved
  animal neglect 10 dog, 3 cats, 7 birds

The Humane Society of Washington County filed animal cruelty charges against a Hagerstown man after finding eight dogs, a cat and a dead Saint Bernard inside his feces-and-trash-filled house, agency Executive Director Maria Procopio said.

Kenneth Green Jr., 53, also was charged with animal cruelty in connection with an additional nine dogs found in crates in his carport, Procopio said. Those animals were without access to water for at least four hours, she alleged.

Green was charged in Washington County District Court with a total of 28 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals, including 19 counts of cruelty and nine counts of mutilation.

The mutilation charges were filed because dogs bit other dogs during fights between unneutered males in close proximity, she said.

The penalty for a conviction on a cruelty charge is a fine not exceeding $1,000 or imprisonment not to exceed 90 days, or both.

The penalty for mutilation is a fine not exceeding $5,000 or imprisonment not to exceed three years, or both.

“Green failed to provide water, air, veterinary care and protection from the weather, causing unnecessary suffering,” Procopio alleged in charging documents.

Green said Cassey, the Saint Bernard, died June 15, Procopio said. The other dogs chewed on the dog’s legs after she died, Procopio said.

The Washington County Health Department has ordered Green to clean his house at 115 Wakefield Road of trash and animal feces within two weeks, Health Officer William Christoffel said.

Green will be allowed inside his house to clean but can’t stay there while it is in its present condition, Christoffel said.

If Green does not clean the home within two weeks, the court will be asked to find him in contempt, Christoffel said.

Green said he runs a Saint Bernard rescue service and transports animals for rescue groups in the Tri-State area, Procopio said. Seven of the dogs in his house, including the dead one, were Saint Bernards.

Humane Society personnel went to Green’s house after receiving a complaint about crates of animals in his driveway, Procopio said.

Green had picked up nine animals in Washington County from a Morgantown, WV, woman who rescues animals from kill shelters, Procopio said.

Green was supposed to deliver the cats and dogs to Second Chance Rescue in Inwood, WV, but instead he went to work and left the animals in his carport, she alleged.

The Humane Society called the Hagerstown Police Department for assistance and the police called the Health Department.

After smelling a strong odor from the house, Procopio said, she told Green she wanted to check the condition of the house and the animals.

While the animals were being moved outside, one of the dogs bit Green, Procopio said. He later was treated at Washington County Hospital for the injury and released, a hospital spokesperson said.

Procopio alleged in charging documents that “the floors were covered, from wall to wall and in some rooms as deep as the window sills, with feces and trash. The stench was overpowering and forced us to cover our faces.”

Eight of the nine live animals taken from inside the house required medical treatment, including for bite wounds, she said.

The animals which were to be transported probably will be sent on to Second Chance, Procopio said.

Tania Edwards, co-director of Second Chance, said she was shocked to hear about the situation.  Green had provided transportation services for Second Chance for at least six months and there had been no problems, she said.  “This is so shocking to everyone who knows him. He is such an animal lover. He seems to treat them all very well. He seems to have so much affection for them,” she said.

James Seward, who lives two doors down from Green, said Green kept to himself, but when they talked he seemed a pleasant person.  “He is a very nice man. He is not evil or nasty or anything,” Seward said.

Update 10/23/02:  Animal cruelty charges against a Hagerstown man were transferred to Washington County Circuit Court after his attorney asked for a jury trial.

Kenneth Green Jr., 53, of 115 Wakefield Road, had been on the docket for an appearance in Washington County District Court until the transfer.

Green was charged in June with 19 counts of cruelty to animals and nine counts of mutilation.

Washington County Humane Society Executive Director Maria Procopio alleged that eight dogs, a cat and a dead Saint Bernard dog were found inside Green's house, which was filled with feces and trash.

An additional nine dogs were in crates in his carport without access to water for at least four hours, Procopio alleged.

The mutilation charges were filed because the dogs bit other dogs during fights, Procopio said.

Green's attorney, John Salvatore, requested a half-day jury trial and a continuance, according to Circuit Court records.

A trial date was not set.

Update 6/25/03:  A Hagerstown man who entered pleas in an animal cruelty case was sentenced to one year of supervised probation and his home will have to be monitored by the Washington County Health Department, according to court information.

Green entered seven Alford pleas to charges that he did not provide adequate care for animals. Green originally faced 37 charges, but the remaining charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt, but agrees that the state has enough evidence to gain a conviction.

Green was sentenced in Washington County Circuit Court to 90 days in prison on each charge, but the prison time was suspended, and Green was placed on one year supervised probation and two years unsupervised probation.

Green was ordered to have a mental evaluation within 30 days. He also was ordered to take proper medication and maintain sanitary conditions in his house, which would be monitored by the Health Department.

Green would need approval to have any animals in his home.

He also was ordered to pay a $145 fine and $855 in court fees.

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Theresa Adams said in court that at sentencing she would ask for probation and not jail time, provided Green seek psychiatric help and supervision.

Adams said that six animals still in the care of the Humane Society that were taken from Green are to be adopted by animal rescue groups.

Hagerstown City Police and Washington County Humane Society investigators were called to Green's home on June 22, 2002.

Case #2:

Update 4/4/07:  The remains of a dog, a cat and seven birds were taken from the Hagerstown home of a man who was sentenced to supervised probation about five years ago on animal cruelty charges, according to the Humane Society of Washington County.

John Lestitian, chief inspector for the City of Hagerstown, said 115 Wakefield Road was condemned after he and three other inspectors investigating a complaint of an odor at the home executed an administrative warrant Monday.

The Humane Society said in a press release that nine live dogs and two live cats were taken from the home. Two of the dogs were taken to a local veterinarian for fight-related injuries.

"The urine and the feces throughout the structure led to our determination that the place needs to be condemned," Lestitian said.

Kenneth Green Jr., who owns the property, according to state tax records, appeared to be living in the home, Lestitian said.

Green said he was housing the dogs for Second Chance Rescue in Inwood, WV, and Safe Haven Dog Rescue in Martinsburg, WV, the Humane Society's press release says.

The Herald-Mail has reported that Berkeley County Animal Control seized 149 dogs from Second Chance Rescue last year. Mara Spade, the facility's owner, is charged with one count of animal cruelty.

Lestitian said that he expects a contractor to begin cleaning the home.  Green will be charged for the costs of the work, and the home will remain condemned.


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