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Charles County, Maryland

Animal Matters Hearing Board

Minutes
Tuesday, January 5, 2016

ANIMAL MATTERS HEARING BOARD

FOR CHARLES COUNTY, MARYLAND

MINUTES OF MEETNG

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

 

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.

 

Amanda Foreman, Vice Chair

Sean Brown, Charles County Sheriff’s Office

William Van Blarcum, Humane Society

Kristin Lake

Maria Padgett

Detra Dorsey

Edward Tucker, Chief, Animal Control Services

Melody Miles Haynes, County Attorney

Maria Team, Clerk

Melody Weschler

 

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 December 15. 2015 were approved and adopted. 

 

            Citation No. 6537 thru 6540 – issued to David Strickland, for the alleged violation of Section 230.8. A (6) of the Charles County Animal Regulations for all four citations, and also Section 230.10.A and Section 230.9.A for Citation Nos. 6539 and 6540. Mr. Strickland was present at the hearing and not represented by counsel.  Testimony was heard from Officer Alison Budd and Mr. Strickland.  Entered into evidence were 23 photos marked County 1, 10 photos marked County 2, 10 photos marked County 3, a receipt for boarding and reclaim fees from Tri-County Animal Shelter in the amount of 2,850.00, marked County Ex. 4 and a vet report and vet bill marked County 5.  Officer Budd informed the Board that Animal Control seized all the caged animals and 2 dogs from the property. The cats on the property were not seized. Ms. Bowie, the owner of the property, later turned over all the animals that were seized over to Animal Control.

            The Vice Chair made a motion to find Mr. Strickland in violation of all the above allegations and fine him a total of $440.00 to be paid by March 1, 2016. He was ordered to pay Tri-County Animal Shelter  $2850.00 for reclaim and boarding fees, to obey all laws and not own any animals for two years. A second was made and the vote passed unanimously.

 

 

 

 

            Citation No. 6508 – issued to Marcelllus S. Butler, Jr., for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A Section 230.12, Section 230.9.A and Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations. Mr. Butler was present at the hearing and not represented by counsel. Testimony was heard from Officer Jeff Gustafson and Mr. Butler. Mr. Butler admitted to being in violation of all the allegations. Entered into evidence was a receipt from Tri-County Animal Shelter in the amount of $170.00. Officer Gustafson advised the Board he received a call from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office for a dog attack and 6611 Muskrat Court in Waldorf, MD. The Officer told the Board that the attack was over by the time he arrived, and that an injured dog was being transferred to the emergency vet.

            The Vice Chair made a motion to find Mr. Butler in violation and fine him a total of $210.00 to be paid by February 16, 2016.He was ordered to pay the reclaim and boarding fees of $170.00 to Tri-County Animal Shelter the following day in order to reclaim his dog and to comply with the requirements stated in Section 230.12.5.E.1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (a), (b) and (c), c, 7 and 8 of the Charles County Animal Regulations.

 

            Citation Nos. 6404 and 6505 – issued to Wayne M. Rothenbecker, for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 230.12, Section 230.9.A and Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations for his dogs “Midnight” and “Cowboy”. Mr. Rothenbecker was present at the hearing and not represented by counsel. Testimony was heard from Officer Jeff Thomas and Mr. Rothenbecker.  Officer Thomas advised the Board that he was notified by the Charles County Sheriff’s Office for a canine attack by two pitbulls on two cats which were dead and one severely injured cat.

            The Vice Chair made a motion to find Mr. Rothenbecker in violation of all the allegations and fine him a total of $420.00 for both Citations and 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 and have Animal Control Services to inspect property at their discretion as needed. Mr. Rothenbecker was given until the close of business on February 2, 2016 to provide proof of rabies and to pay $420.00 in fines. He was ordered to pay $580.00 to Tri-County Animal Shelter for reclaim and boarding fees and to provide proof of a current rabies certificate to Animal Control Services within 30 days. A second was made and the vote passed unanimously.

 

            Citation Nos. 6534 and 6535 – issued to Walter J. Turner, for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 230.8 and Section 230.9.A of the Charles County Animal Regulations for his dog “China” and Section 230.8 for his dog “”Queen”. Mr. Turner was present at the hearing and not represented by counsel and admitted to being in violation of all the allegations.   Testimony was heard from Officer Alison Budd and Mr. Turner. Entered into evidence was a one photo marked County 1, two photos marked County 2 and four photos marked County 3. Officer Budd advised the Board that she was called out for a dog being tethered without proper shelter and when she arrived noticed there was no food or water for the dog known as “Queenie”. Officer Budd seized the dog and Mr. Turner subsequently relinquished ownership.

            The Vice Chair made a motion to find Mr. Turner in violation of all the allegations and fine him a total of $220.00 to be paid on or before March 1, 2016 and $65.00 to Tri-County Animal Shelter for vet fees. A second was made and the vote passed unanimously.

 

 

 

            Citation Nos. 6485 and 6488 – issued to Emmanuel Simon, for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 230.12 and Section 230.12.6 of the Charles County Animal Control Regulations. Mr. Simon was present at the hearing and not represented by counsel. He admitted to being in violation of all the allegations. Testimony was heard from Officer Alison Budd and Mr. Simon. Entered into evidence was a receipt from Tri-County Animal Shelter for reclaim and boarding fees in the amount of $580.00.

            The Vice-Chairman made a motion to find Mr. Simon in violation of all four allegations in both citations and fine him a total of $360.00. He was ordered to pay $580.00 to Tri-County Animal Shelter. The Board gave Mr. Simon until the close of business on March 1, 2016 to satisfy the balance of $360.00.

 

Citation Nos. 6489 and 6490 – issued to Steven Spriggs for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 230.12, Section 230.8, Section 230.9.A and Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations for his dogs “Zina” and “Chance”.  Testimony was heard from Officer Budd and Mr. Spriggs. Entered into evidence were eight photos marked County Ex. 1, a receipt in the amount of $480.00 for reclaim and boarding fees marked County Ex. 2, and four photos marked County Ex. 3. Two  witnesses also testified for the County, owner of the deceased dog and neighbor, Mr. DeJesus.

The Vice-Chair made a motion to find Mr. Spriggs in violation of all the above allegations for both citations and fine him a total of $1060.00 in fines and ordered him to pay a total of $480.00 for reclaim and boarding fees the following day in order to reclaim his dogs. The motion further included that Mr. Spriggs comply with all the requirements stated in Section 20.5.E. 1, 2, 3, 5 (a), (b) and (c), 6, 7 and 8 of the Charles County Animal Regulations and that the dogs NOT be returned to the residence at 2743 Red Lion Place, Waldorf, Maryland. Mr. Spriggs is required to inform Animal Control Services of where the dogs will be staying and allow inspections  property at their discretion. A second was made and the vote passed unanimously.

 

 

 

 

 

There being no further business, the Chairman adjourned the hearing at 8:30 p.m.