Animal Matters Hearing Board
ANIMAL MATTERS HEARING BOARD
FOR CHARLES COUNTY, MARYLAND
MINUTES OF MEETNG
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Animal Control Board for Charles County, Maryland, was convened by the Chairman at 6:30 p.m. in the County Commissioners Meeting Room, Charles County Government Building, with the following Board members in attendance.
Andrew Parker, Chairman
Mandy Foreman, Vice-Chairman
William Van Blarcum
Melody Miles Haynes, County Attorney
Maria Team, Clerk
A quorum was declared based upon the presence of a majority of the appointed Board Members.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The minutes of the Animal Matters Hearing Board for September 15, 2015 were approved and adopted.
Citation No. 6528 – issued to Demetrius Lattisaw, no fixed address, for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A and Section 230.9.A of the Charles County Animal Regulations for his dog “Crystal”. Mr. Lattisaw was not present at the hearing, therefore a motion was made find Mr. Lattisaw in violation of Section 230.10.A and Section 230.9.A, with a judgment entered in the amount of $200.00 and the case referred to the State’s Attorney’s Office.
Citation Nos. 6491 and 6492 – issued to Karen Lynn Brooks, 7410 Tottenham Drive, White Plains, Maryland 20695 for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 230.9.A and Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations for her dogs “Bishop” and “Apollo.” Ms. Brooks was present at the hearing and not represented by counsel. Testimony was heard from Ms. Brooks, Officer Kevin Earle and Mylah Matheson and Mark Matheson (witnesses for County). Entered into evidence were 12 photos marked County Ex. 1. Mylah Matheson was attacked by Ms. Brooks’ two German Shepherds in the street while riding her scooter and bit several times on her back. The dogs got loose off their leashes when Ms. Brooks turned around to pick up something up off the ground. Ms. Brooks testified that she was not aware that she needed a dog license and did not realize her dogs rabies certificates had expired. She also informed the Board she had an appointment to get the dogs rabies shots on October 7, 2015.
Based on the evidence and testimony heard, a motion was made to find Ms. Brooks in violation of Section 230.9.A, Section 230.10.A and Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations and fine her a total of $200.00 (which she paid at the end of the hearing) and comply with the requirements stated in Section 230.12.5.E 1, 2, 3, 5 (a) and (b) and 8 of the Animal Regulations within 30 days of receipt of the Order. Also that she not use a retractable leash anymore and provide proof of a current rabies certificate and a current license for her dogs by October 20, 2015. A second was made and the vote passed unanimously.
Citation No. 6503– issued to Christine Brann, 17241 Teagues Point Road, Hughesville, Maryland 20637 for the alleged violation of Section 230.12, and Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations for her dog “Teagues.” Ms. Brann was present at the hearing and not represented by counsel. Testimony was heard from Ms. Brann, Officer Jeff Gustafson and Holly Mansueti (witness for County). Entered into evidence was a call sheet from Charles County Sheriff’s Office, marked County Ex. 1, two photos, marked County Ex. 2, and a receipt from Tri-County Animal Shelter in the amount of $140.00, marked County Ex. 3. Ms. Branns’ dog “Teagues” who was previously deemed dangerous and vicious on March 17, 2015 by the Animal Matters Hearing Board, attacked Ms. Mansueti’s Boston Terrier while she was jogging on the street. Ms. Brann testified that whenever her dog is let outside by her daughter, he is always supervised and stays on their property, and she did not understand how this happened. Officer Gustafson testified that when he came onto Ms. Brann’s property, “Teagues” was always aggressive towards him and on one occasion would not allow him to get out of his truck. He was seized and continues to demonstrate aggression at Tri-County Animal Shelter. Ms. Brann told the Board she had not put up a fence but there was a kennel in her backyard.
Based on the testimony and evidence presented, a motion to find Ms. Brann in violation of Section 230.12 and Section 230.12.5 was made with a fine of $400.00 (which she paid at the end of the hearing) and that she comply with the requirements stated in Section 230.12.5.E 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (a) and (b) and 8 of the Charles County Animal Regulations immediately. It was ordered that she install an “additional fence” within 30 days and that Animal Control Services visit Ms. Brann’s property to ensure compliance of the Boards Order as they deem appropriate. A second was made and the vote passed unanimously.
Citation Nos. 6523, 6524 and 6525 – issued to Namon Mitchell, 6898 Arbor Lane, Bryans Road, Maryland 20616 for the alleged violation of Section 230.10A., Section 230.9.A and Section 230.12.4.A (9) for Citation No. 6523 and Section 230.10.A, Section 230.12, Section 230.9.A and Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations for Citation Nos. 6524 and 6525. Mr. Mitchell did not appear at the hearing, therefore a judgment in the amount of $400.00 was entered for Citation No. 6523, and a fine of $1,000.00 was entered for Citation Nos. 6424 and Section 6525. The Animal Matters Hearing Board fined Mr. Mitchell a total of $1,400.00 for all three citations and ORDERED that he comply with the requirements stated in Section 230.12.5.E 1,2,3,4,5 (a) (b) and (c), 6,7 and 8 of the Charles County Animal Regulations upon receipt of the Order; and refer these cases to the State’s Attorney’s Office for failure to appear. A second was made and the vote passed unanimously.
There being no further business, the Chairman adjourned the hearing at 8:00 p.m.