Arrest Made in Animal Cruelty Case; Germantown Man Charged with Aggravated Animal Cruelty

Herbert Allen Green

On Thursday, May 24, Montgomery County Police 5th District officers arrested Herbert Allen Green, age 75 of the 20900 block of Father Hurley Boulevard in Germantown, on three charges of animal cruelty.

Fifth District Police Officers and Animal Services Division (ASD) Officers responded to a call on April 24, for suspected animal cruelty. Once on scene, responding officers observed a dog identified as “Benji,” a small, neutered, male poodle-mix, that was bleeding from the head, lethargic, and in need of immediate medical attention.

Benji was transported to receive lifesaving care at a local veterinary hospital. He was examined by a veterinary ophthalmologist who diagnosed recent blindness in both eyes caused by recent trauma, a condition which will be permanent.

On May 7, Green was interviewed by investigators and admitted to striking Benji. Green also stated that he was aware that Benji was injured, but did not provide him with the needed medical care.  It should be noted that Green is not Benji’s owner.  Green had been asked by Benji’s owner to provide care for Benji at the time of the offenses.  Benji is currently in the care of the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center and is not available for adoption at this time.

Green was charged with cruelly beating an animal, inflicting unnecessary suffering or pain on an animal, and failing to provide an animal with necessary veterinary care, while the animal is in a person’s charge or custody.

Green was released on an unsecured personal $2,000 bond.

Media Contact: Director of the ASD Thomas Koenig, 240-773-5928 or Thomas.Koenig@montgomerycountymd.gov 

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