www.charlescountymd.gov

Charles County, Maryland

Animal Matters Hearing Board

Minutes
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

ANIMAL MATTERS HEARING BOARD

FOR CHARLES COUNTY, MARYLAND

MINUTES OF MEETNG

Tuesday, April 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.

 

Andrew Parker, Chairman

Sean Brown

William Van Blarcum

Kristin Lake

Maria Padgett

Melody Miles Haynes, County Attorney

Edward Tucker, Chief, Animal Control Services

Maria Team, Clerk

Melody Weschler

 

Based upon the absence of a majority of the appointed Board Members, it was determined that there was not a quorum present.  All owners and attendees were advised at the beginning of the meeting, as well as upon each case being called.  All persons, with one exception, waived the right to have their citations heard by a complete panel of Board Members.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
 

The minutes of the Animal Matters Hearing Board for March 15, 2016 were approved (preliminarily) on the record. A quorum is needed to review and adopt the minutes at the next scheduled hearing. 

 

            Citation No. 6417 – issued to John Sauder, for the alleged violation of Section 230.12 and Section 230.8 of the Charles County Animal Regulations.  Mr. Sauder was present at the hearing. After being advised by the Chairman that there was no quorum, he was granted a continuance to May 3, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

 

Citation No. 6549 – issued to Joyce Santora, 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 her dog “Clyde.” Mr. Santora, took responsibility for his wife Joyce, and requested a hearing, despite the absence of a quorum. Testimony was heard from Officer Budd, Evan Thorne, and Officer Earle (witnesses for the County), and Mr. Santora. Entered into evidence were two photos, marked County Ex. 1.

At the conclusion of the evidence, a motion was made to find Mr. Santora in violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 230.12 and Section 230.9.A and not in violation of Section 230.12.5. His total fine was 250.00, suspending $95.00, leaving a balance of $155.00 to be paid on or before April 19, 2016.  The vote to support the motion was unanimous.

 

Citation No. 6551 - issued to Steven Smith, for the alleged violation of Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations for his dog “Isis.” Mr. Smith requested a hearing, despite being advised that there was not a quorum that evening. Officer Alison Budd and Mr. Smith testified.  

Based on the testimony heard, and evidence presented, a motion was made to find Mr. Smith in violation of Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations and ordered him to comply with the requirements stated in Section 230.12.5.E, 1,2,3,5 (a) and (b), 7 and 8 of the Animal Control Regulations and pay a fine of $600.00 by May 3, 2016. The vote to support the motion was unanimous.

 

Citation No. 6510 – issued to James Morrow, for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 12, Section 230.9.A and Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations, for his dog “Sheba.” Mr. Morrow requested a hearing, despite being advised that there was not a quorum that evening. Officer Gustafson, Officer Thomas, Deputy Burgess, and Courtney Wiley (witnesses for the County) and Mr. Morrow testified. Entered into evidence was a reclaim and boarding fee receipt from Tri-County Animal Shelter and a quarantine report, marked County Ex. 1, three photos, marked County Ex. 2, and medical records for Ms. Wiley, marked County Ex. 3.

Based on the testimony heard, and evidence presented, a motion was made to find Mr. Morrow in violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 230.12, Section 230.9.A and Section 230.12.5 and that he comply with Section 230.5.E 1, 2, 3, 5 (a) and (b), 6, 7 and 8 of the Charles County Animal Regulations. The motion included behavioral evaluation and report due to the Board by April 19, 2016, with the veterinarians’ findings, and payment of the reclaim and boarding fees to Tri County Shelter. The vote passed with opposition from one board member in favor of euthanasia.

 

Citations Nos. 6498 and 6499 – issued to Mark Whitley, for the alleged violation of Section 230.12 and Section 230.12.5 for Citation No. 6498 and Section 230.10.A, Section 12, Section 2309.A and Section 230.12 for Citation No. 6499. Mr. Whitley was present at the hearing and requested a hearing, despite being advised that there was not a quorum that evening. Officer Kevin Earle, Juanita Heane (witness for County) and Mr. Whitley testified. Entered into evidence were four photos marked County Ex. 1. Officer Earle informed the Board that Mr. Whitley had turned over the dogs to the County and they had been euthanized.

Based on the testimony heard, evidence presented, a motion was made to fine Mr. Whitely 500.00.  After  Mr. Whitley presented mitigating circumstances and requested a modification of the Board’s Order, it was offered that Mr. Whitley could complete 40 hours of community service at the Tri-County Animal Shelter, in lieu of the fine, proof of which would be required on or before May 17, 2016. The vote passed unanimously. 

 

 

 

 

 

There being no further business, the Chairman adjourned the hearing at 9:30 p