Animal Matters Hearing Board
ANIMAL MATTERS HEARING BOARD
FOR CHARLES COUNTY, MARYLAND
MINUTES OF MEETNG
Tuesday, October 4, 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
Maria Padgett, Vice Chairman
William Van Blarcum
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 September 20, 2016 were approved and adopted.
Citation No. 6420 – issued to Zsa Zsa Pender for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A and Section 230.12.of the Charles County Animal Regulations. Ms. Pender was present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Jeff Thomas, Shewakena Bitew (witness for County), Zsa Zsa Pender and Antoine Pender (witness for owner). Entered into evidence was a reclaim and boarding fee receipt from Tri-County Animal Shelter marked County Ex. 1, and three photos marked County Ex. 2. Ms. Pender advised the Board she was not at home at the time of the incident. Antoine Pender testified that he was in immediate pursuit of “Rocco” and tried to help helped Mr. Bitew at the time of the incident.
A motion was made to find Ms. Pender in violation for Section 230.12.5 for her dog “Rocco” and Ordered her to comply with the requirements stated in Section 230.12.5.E 1, 2,3,4,5 (a), (b) and (c), 7 and 8 of the Charles County Animal Regulations and pay a fine of $250 due by December 12. 2016. The Board also allowed Ms. Pender to reclaim “Rocco” the following day on the condition that she pay the reclaim and boarding fees in the amount of $205.00. The vote to support the motion was unanimous.
Chief Edward Tucker requested permission to release a dog still impounded by Tri-County Animal Shelter to a rescue group. The dog known as “Sandy” had originally been deemed dangerous or vicious at the May 3, 2016 hearing. Chief Tucker advised the Board the “Sandy” has not shown any aggression towards staff since she had been in custody of the County. The Board voted unanimously to allow “Sandy” to be released to the rescue group.
There being no further business, the Chairman adjourned the hearing at 7:00 p.m.