A Hagerstown man whose Akitas killed a poodle last December told a Washington County District Court judge Monday that he doesn’t have the money to pay restitution.
Judge Mark D. Thomas told Charles Shapiro, the owner of the Akitas, and William Keyes, the owner of the poodle, to go into the hallway of the courthouse and discuss how Shapiro could pay the $650 judgement.
When the two returned to the courtroom several minutes later, the 77-year-old Shapiro said his only income was from Social Security.
“I cannot give him the $650,” Shapiro said.
A visibly frustrated Keyes said he would continue to pursue the matter through the court system.
The Akitas, a large breed of dog native to Japan, attacked and killed the poodle Dec. 27 after they escaped from Shapiro’s Cannon Avenue home.
In October, Shapiro told Herald-Mail Media that his dogs killed another dog several months before the incident with the poodle.
The humane society seized the Akitas on Dec. 31.
Crystal Mowery, the humane society’s field services director, said Monday the Akitas are still being held at the humane society, pending the outcome of an appeal that was filed by Shapiro to save their lives.
Shapiro also tried to save the Akitas by sending them to a rescue in Colorado, but Kim Intino, the humane society’s president and CEO, said earlier this year that local animal officials blocked the proposal because of the rescue’s poor reputation.
Intino said the fate of the Akitas is up to the courts to decide.
She said the humane society would comply with whatever decision the court makes, which could include euthanizing the dogs or sending them to a rescue.
If Shapiro loses the appeal, he would be required to pay compensation to the humane society for keeping the dogs.
Court documents show the amount of compensation would be limited to no more than $10,000.