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Charles County, Maryland

Animal Matters Hearing Board

Minutes
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

ANIMAL MATTERS HEARING BOARD

FOR CHARLES COUNTY, MARYLAND

MINUTES OF MEETNG

Tuesday, May 3, 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, Chairman

Sean Brown

William Van Blarcum

Kristin Lake

Maria Padgett

Leigha Messick

Karen Feuchtenberger

Melody Miles Haynes, Associate County Attorney

Edward Tucker, Chief, Animal Control Services

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 19, 2016 were approved and adopted. 

 

            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 for his pig “Chino.”  Mr Sauder was present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Thomas and Mr. Sauder. Entered into evidence was a cad sheet, marked County Ex. 1.

            Based on the testimony heard, and the evidence presented a motion was made to find Mr. Sauder in violation of Section 230.12 and Section 230.8 of the Charles County Animal Regulations with a fine of $140.00 to be paid by May 7, 2016. The vote to support the motion was unanimous.

 

Citation No. 6549 – issued to Darlene Chisley, for the alleged violation of Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations for her dog “Major”. Testimony was heard from Officer Earle and Cpl. Gary Holt, Charles County Sheriff’s Office and Ms. Chisley. Ms. Chisley testified that she was not home when her dog was at large and shot in the foot by Cpl. Holt. Officer Earle testified that he transported the dog to the emergency vet for treatment and then to Tri-County Animal Shelter. The dog has since been euthanized.

Based on the testimony heard, a motion was made to find Ms. Chisley in violation of Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations with a fine of $100.00 to be paid by July 5, 2016. The vote to support the motion was unanimous.

Citation No. 6557 – issued to Christina Oetero, for the alleged violation of Section 230.8.A (6) of the Charles County Animal Regulations. Ms. Otero was present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Alison Budd,  Sean Adkins, and Prince Butler (witnesses for the County), Ms. Otero, Ahretta Toler (manager of Playful Pup at the time the citation was written) and Mr. Levitsky (owner of Playful Pup) and Michelle Clipper (new manager of Playful Pup). Entered into evidence was an eight page document, marked Defendant Ex. 1.

Based on the testimony heard, a motion was made to find Ms. Otero in violation of Section 230.8.A (6) of the Charles County Regulations for punching Mr. Butler’s dog Cooper in the face with a fine of $250.00 to be paid by June 7, 2016. A vote to support the motion was unanimous.

 

Citation Nos. 6511 and 6512 - issued to Roxanne Granberry, 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 dogs “Buster” and “Sandy”. Ms. Granberry was present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Jeff Gustafson, Anna Sullivan (witness for County) and Ms. Granberry. Ms. Granberry was able to provide a current rabies certificate and a current animal license for both dogs. Ms. Sullivan testified that one of the dogs (unable to determine which dog) bit her seven year old daughter on the ankle but did not break the skin. Officer Gustafson testified that the dog “Sandy” bit the pants leg of a deputy. Ms. Granberry also advised the Board that she has been in touch with a border terrier rescue for a new home for “Sandy.” Entered into evidence was a CAD report, marked County Ex. 1.

Based on the testimony heard, and evidence presented, a motion was made to find Ms. Granberry in violation of  all the above violations and ordered her to comply with the requirements stated in Section 230.12.5.E, 1,2,3,4,5 (a) and (b), 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. 6418– issued to Sherelle Bradley for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 12, Section 230.9.A and Section 230.12.6.C of the Charles County Animal Regulations, for her cat “Khloe.” Ms. Bradley was present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Thomas. Entered into evidence was a receipt from the Humane Society for spay fees, and an e mail from Jenifer Elementary School, marked County Ex. 1.

Based on the testimony heard, and evidence presented, a motion was made to find Ms. Bradley in violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 230.12, Section 230.9.A and Section 230.12.6 for her cat being impounded three times within one year, with a fine of $220.00 due by June 7, 2016, of if she can provide Animal Control with a current rabies certificate and a current animal license by June 7, 2016, the fine would drop down to $80.00. The vote to support the motion was unanimous.

 

 Citations Nos. 6513 thru 6516 – issued to James E. Johnson, for the alleged violation of 

Section 230.10.A, and Section 230.9A for all four citations. Mr, Johnson was not present at the hearing and no request for a continuance was requested. Based on the testimony of Officer Thomas a motion was made to find Mr. Johnson in violation of all charged sections with a $800 fine. The vote passed unanimously.

 

 

Citation No. 6421 – issued to Deric C. Davis, for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 230.12, and Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations. Mr. Davis was present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Thomas and Mr. Davis. Entered into evidence was a current rabies certificate and a current animal license, marked Owner Ex. 1.

Based on the testimony and evidence presented, a motion was made to find Mr. Davis in violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 12, and Section 230.12.5. (potentially dangerous). The motion included that Mr. Davis comply with the requirements stated in Section 230.E.1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (a) and (b), 6 and 8 of the Charles County Animal Regulations if he keeps his dog outside, and a fine of $165.00 to be paid by June 7, 2016. The vote to support the motion was unanimous.

 

 

Citation No. 6553 – issued to Donna Dyson, for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A, 230.8 and Section 230.9.A of the Charles County Animal Regulations. Ms. Dyson was not present and no request for a continuance was requested. Testimony was heard from Officer Alison Budd that Ms. Dyson did not have a current rabies certificate or a current animal license for her dog Prince, and that the cruelty charge was because she saw the dog’s ears were infected and bleeding.  A motion was made to find Ms. Dyson in violation of Section 1230.10.A, Section 230.8.A.6 and Section 230.9.A with a judgment in the amount of $1,200.00. The vote to support the motion was unanimous.

 

Citation No. 6558 – Edward Dillard, 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 “Deuce.” Mr. Dillard was present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Alison Budd and Mr. Dillard. Entered into evidence was a cruelty notice and photos, marked County Ex. 1 and a second cruelty notice, marked County Ex. 2.

Based on the testimony heard, and the evidence presented, a motion was made to find Mr. Dillard in violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 230.8.A (6) and Section 230.9.A with a fine of $175.00 to be paid by June 7, 2016 and to obey all laws. A vote to support this motion was unanimous.

 

Citation Nos. 6554, 6555 and 6556  - issued to Jeremy Elkins, for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.C of the Charles County Animal Regulations for various dogs, Section 230.10.A and Section 230.9.A for five dogs and Section 230.8.A (6) for various dogs. Mr. Elkins was present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Alison Budd, Officer Jeff Thomas, Officer Kevin Earle, and Mr. Elkins. Entered into evidence was a packet with various documents and photos marked County Ex.1.

Based on the testimony heard, a motion was made to find Mr. Elkins in violation for animal cruelty for selling puppies under eight weeks old, no rabies certificate and no animal license for five puppies, and for not having a breeders license. The motion also included that Mr. Elkins stop selling puppies immediately and that he not be able to apply for a breeders license in Charles County. A vote to support the motion was unanimous.

 

 

There being no further business, the Chairman adjourned the hearing at 10:00 p.m.