Animal Matters Hearing Board
ANIMAL MATTERS HEARING BOARD
FOR CHARLES COUNTY, MARYLAND
MINUTES OF MEETNG
Tuesday, January 19, 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.
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 January 5, 2016 were approved and adopted.
File No. 15-28– The case of Sabrina Glover against Vincent Winter was called. The complainant was not present at the hearing and she made no request for a continuance. The owner, Mr. Vincent did appear for the hearing.
The Animal Matters Hearing Board dismissed the case.
File No. 15 30 – The case of Ernest Buckman against Wayne Matthews was called. The complainant Diane Matthews was present at the hearing and took ownership of the three dogs, and neither Mr. Buckman nor Ms. Matthews were represented by counsel. Testimony was heard from Mr. Buckman and Diane Matthews. Mr. Buckman told the Board that the three dogs owned by Ms. Matthews bark continuously from 2:00 a.m. to evening, most days.
Based on the testimony heard, the Vice Chair made a motion to find Ms. Matthews in violation finding that her dogs barking excessively. She was ordered to abate the nuisance with no monetary fines imposed. A second was made and the vote passed unanimously.
File No. 15-31- The case of Joseph McCall against Mary Pace was called. All parties were present at the hearing and not represented by counsel. Testimony was heard from Mr. McCall and Mr. and Mrs. Pace, and from George Rigsby and Shannon Krotendafer (witnesses for the owners). Mr. McCall advised the Board that the two dogs owned by Mr. and Mrs. Pace bark continuously all day and night and provided a CD with the two dogs barking for the Board to review.
Based on the testimony heard, the Vice Chair made a motion to find Mr. and Mrs. Pace in violation of Section 230.12.6 and ordered them to abate the nuisance of their dogs barking all day and night, effective immediately. No monetary fines were imposed. A second was made and the vote passed unanimously.
There being no further business, the Chairman adjourned the hearing at 8:00 p.m.