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Charles County, Maryland

Animal Matters Hearing Board

Minutes
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

ANIMAL MATTERS HEARING BOARD

FOR CHARLES COUNTY, MARYLAND

MINUTES OF MEETNG

Tuesday, June 7, 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

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 May 17, 2016 were approved and adopted. 

 

            Citation No. 6581 – issued to Carole Lee Brooke, for the alleged violation of Section 230.12 and Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations for her dog “Moose.” Ms. Brooke was present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Earle, Jeremiah Laugla (witness for County) and Ms. Brooke. Officer Earle testified that Ms. Brooke’s dog took an intimidating stance towards him.

            Based on the testimony heard, a motion was made to find Ms. Brooke in violation of Section 230.12 and Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations with a fine of $200.00 to be paid by September 20 2016, and to comply with the requirements stated in Section 230.5.E 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (a) and (b), 6, 7 and 8 of the Charles County Animal Regulations. The vote to support the motion was unanimous.

 

Citation No. 6333 – issued to Crystal Spenard, for the alleged violation of Section 230.12.8 of the Charles County Animal Regulations for her dog “Champ.” Testimony was heard from Officer Earle and Ms. Spenard. Entered into evidence was a photo, marked County Ex. 1, two photos marked County Ex. 2, and a vet report marked County Ex. 3. Officer Earl testified that he received a call about a dog being tangled up in yard with no water or shelter. Officer Earle said he seized the dog and took it to Tri-County Animal Shelter and later to the Emergency Clinic after he noticed the dog was not behaving normally. He met Ms. Spenard at Tri County Animal Shelter and she said she wanted her dog back and provided proof of a current rabies certificate and a current animal license and told Officer Earle Based she would not let anything like that happen again.

Based on the testimony heard, and evidence presented, a motion was made to find Ms. Spenard in violation of Section 230.12.8.A.6 of the Charles County Animal Regulations with a fine of $100.00 to be paid by July 5, 2016, and to abate the nuisance. The vote to support the motion was unanimous.

 

Citation No. 6562 – issued to Lakesha Dent for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A and Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations for her dog “Fat Boy.”  Ms. Dent was not present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Alison Budd and David Hendley, Jr. (witness for County). Entered into evidence was bite report marked County Ex. 1.

Based on the testimony heard, and evidence presented, a motion was made to find Ms. Dent in violation of Section 230.10.A and Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Regulations with a fine of $300.00 to be paid by July 5, 2016, and that she comply with the requirements stated in Section 230.12.5.E 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (a) and (b) and (c), 6, 7 and 8 of the Charles County Animal Regulations and abate the nuisance. A vote to support the motion was unanimous.

 

Citation No. 6559 – issued to Denise Weaver, for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A, and Section 230.9.A for her dog. Ms. Weaver was present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Alison Budd and Ms. Weaver. Entered into evidence was one photo marked County Ex. 1. Ms. Weaver has eight other dogs that are current on rabies vaccinations and licenses and said she has been unable to catch this last dog, but will have him vaccinated and obtain an animal license once he is caught.

Based on the testimony heard, and the evidence presented, a motion was made to find Ms. Weaver in violation of Section 230.10.A and Section 230.9.A of the Charles County Animal Regulations and fine her $125.00 due by July 5, 2016 and to obey all laws. A vote to support the motion was unanimous.

 

 

 

 

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