Animal Matters Hearing Board
ANIMAL MATTERS HEARING BOARD
FOR CHARLES COUNTY, MARYLAND
MINUTES OF MEETNG
Tuesday, October 20, 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
Amanda Foreman, Vice Chair
William Van Blarcum
Edward Tucker, Chief, Animal Control Services
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 October 6, 2015, 2015 were approved and adopted.
Citation Nos. 6494 and 6495 – issued to Felipe Aguilar, for the alleged violation of Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations. Mr. Aguilar was present at the hearing and not represented by counsel. Testimony was heard from Officer Kevin Earle and Mr. Aguilar and Keesha Copeland (witness for County). Entered into evidence was a copy of a previous Boards Order marked County Ex. 1, and a call sheet from the Sheriff’s Office, marked County Ex. 2. The witness, Keesha Copeland, testified that she was trying to leave her house with her children when she saw cars in the front of her house slowing down trying to warn her about dogs being on her front lawn. She had to turn around and go back inside, at which time she called the Sheriff’s Office. She did not see Mr. Aguilar or anyone else trying to get the dogs off of her property. Mr. Aguilar testified that he had given the two dogs to a friend of his in Prince George’s County and they would not be coming back to Charles County.
Based on the testimony and evidence presented, the Chairman made a motion to find Mr. Aguilar in violation of Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations for his two dogs “Marley” and “Roxy” and fine him a total of $500.00 due by November 17, 2015 and that Mr. Aguilar notify Animal Control Services if he brings the dogs back to Charles County and obey all previous orders from the Board. A second was made and the vote passed unanimously.
Citation Nos. 6531. 6532 and 6533 issued to Sunday Daskalea for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 230-12 and Section 230.9.A of the Charles County Animal Regulations for Citation Nos. 6531 and 6532 and 6533 with Section 230.12.6.C added to Citation No. 6533. Ms. Daskalea was present at the hearing and not represented by counsel. Testimony was heard from Officer Alison Budd and Ms. Daskalea. Ms. Daskalea testified that while she is living on her boat in Port Tobacco, her pets live with her, and that her cat “Huey” is 12 years old and is the only one who gets out at times and she has never encountered any problems before with the cats. Officer Budd testified that she is concerned about the safety of Ms. Daskalea’s animals when there is no one residing on the house boat.
Based on the testimony heard, the Vice Chair made a motion to find Ms.Daskalea in violation of all the above Sections of the Charles County Animal Regulations with a fine of $250.00 due by December 1, 2015 and that she provide proof of a current rabies certificate and a current animal license for her cats by November 3, 2015, and that she can reclaim her cat the following day as long as she pays reclaim fees in the amount of 85.00 to Tri-County Animal Shelter. A second was made and the vote passed unanimously.
File No. 15-25 – The case of Bonnie Grollman against Jerry Dillard was called. Ms. Grollman was present at the hearing and Mr. Dillard (owner) was not present. Ms. Grollman stated that Mr. Dillard is the owner of a rooster that crows excessively every day, however after Mr. Dillard was served with a copy of Ms. Grollman’s complaint on October 6, 2015 she has not heard the rooster at all. She asked the Board what her option would be if Mr. Dillard was to get another rooster and she was informed that she would have to file a new complaint.
The Board ORDERED that Mr. Dillard pay a fine of $50.00 and abate the nuisance of his rooster making harsh or excessive noise.
File No. 15-26– The case of Rosiland Brown against Hilary Kitt was called. Both parties were present at the hearing and not represented by counsel. Testimony was heard from Ms. Brown and Ms. Kitt. Ms. Brown testified that she hears Ms. Kitt’s dog barking on a daily basis, sometimes from 10:00 p.m. until 3:00 in the morning. She said the dog is kept outside most of the time. Ms. Kitt testified that her husband is home 90% of the time and when her dog “Coco” starts barking he brings her in.
Based on the testimony heard, Kristin Lake made a motion to find Ms. Kitt in violation of Section 230.12.6 of the Charles County Animal Regulations for her dog “Coco” and fine her $50.00, suspending $25.00 from that amount and abate the nuisance of her dog barking excessively. A second was made and the vote passed unanimously.
There being no further business, the Chairman adjourned the hearing at 8:00 p.m.