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Charles County, Maryland

Animal Matters Hearing Board

Minutes
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

ANIMAL MATTERS HEARING BOARD

FOR CHARLES COUNTY, MARYLAND

MINUTES OF MEETNG

Tuesday, April 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.

 

Amanda Foreman, Vice Chair

Sean Brown

William Van Blarcum

Kristin Lake

Maria Padgett

Kathy Feuchtenberger

Melody Miles Haynes, County Attorney

Maria Team, Clerk

Melody Weschler, Assistant 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 April 5, 2016 and March 15, 2016 were approved and adopted. 

 

            Citation No. 6493 – issued to Billy Blount, for the alleged violation of Section 230.12.6.C of the Charles County Animal Regulations.  Mr Blount was present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Kevin Earle and Mr. Blount. Entered into evidence was a receipt for boarding and reclaim fees in the amount of $230.00 and a profile sheet of all the impound dates from Tri-County Animal Shelter, marked County Ex. 1.

            A motion was made to find Mr. Blount in violation of Section 230.12.6.C of the Charles County Animal Regulations with a fine of $80.00 due by May 17, 2016, and that he abate the nuisance of his dog “Polo” being at large and pay the shelter reclaim fees. The vote to support the motion was unanimous.

 

Citation No. 6542– issued to Bridgett Rice, for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.C  of the Charles County Animal Regulations for 47 dogs. Ms. Rice was present at the hearing and represented by counsel (Louis Leibowitz, Esq.) Testimony was heard from Officer Alison Budd and Ms. Rice. Entered into evidence was an Order from Prince George’s County, a previous Order from the Animal Matters Hearing Board, a Commercial Establishment License, and a real property search form, marked County Ex. 1.

Based on the testimony heard, and the evidence presented, a motion was made to revoke and suspend the Commercial Establishment License held by Bridgett Rice as of April 19, 2016, and that all animals are licensed individually by the new owners as of April 2, 2016. The vote to support the motion was unanimous.

 

 

File No. 16-05 – The case of Mr. and Mrs. McLavrine against Katy Lee for the alleged violation of Section 12.4.A (1), Section 12.5.A (3) and Section 12.5.C of the Charles County Animal Regulations was called. Ms. Lee was present and Mr. and Mrs. McLavrine were not present, therefore a motion to dismiss the case was made. A vote to support the motion was unanimous.

 

File No. 16-04 – The case of David King against Nichole Gaines for the alleged violation of Section 12.4.A.1, Section 12.4.A.4 and Section 12.5.C of the Charles County Animal Regulations was called. Both parties were present. Testimony was heard from Mr. King and Ms. Gaines.

Based on the testimony heard, a motion was made to find Ms. Gaines in violation of Section 12.4.A.4 of the Charles County Animal Regulations with a fine of $50.00 due by May 17, 2016 and that Ms. Gaines abate the nuisance of her dog “Lacy” from intimidating pedestrians, neighbors, or others, effective immediately. There was insufficient evidence to find Ms. Gaines in violation of Section 12.5.C. A vote to support the motion was unanimous.

 

File No. 16-06 – the case of Bonnie and David Jackson against Nichole Gaines for the alleged violation of Section 12.4.A.1, Section 12.4.A.3, Section 12.4.A.4 and Section 12.5.C of the Charles County Animal Regulations was called. All parties were present at the hearing. Mr. Jackson informed the Board that he and Mrs. Jackson were out of the country at the time of the incident and that their dog sitter wrote a letter to them about the alleged violations. A motion to continue this case until the May 17, 2016 hearing, to have the witness appear and testify. A vote to support the motion was unanimous.

 

 

 

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