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Charles County, Maryland

Animal Matters Hearing Board

Minutes
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

ANIMAL MATTERS HEARING BOARD

FOR CHARLES COUNTY, MARYLAND

MINUTES OF MEETNG

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

 

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Animal Control Board for Charles County, Maryland, was convened by the Chairman at 6:00 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

Sean Brown

William Van Blarcum

Leigha Messick

Kathy Feuchtenberger

Melody Miles Haynes, Associate County Attorney

Edward Tucker, Chief, Animal Control Services

Maria Team, Clerk

Melody Weschler, Asst. 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 December 9, 2016 were approved and adopted. 

 

            Citation No. 6617 – issued to Michael Persons, Jr., for the alleged violation of Section 230.12 and 230.12.5 for his dog known as Baby.” Mr. Persons was present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Jeff Gustafson, Mr. Persons, Kim Dye, Larry and Jialita Sutton (witnesses for County). Entered into evidence was a receipt from Tri County Animal Shelter in the amount of $215.00 for reclaim and boarding fees marked County Ex. 1.

            A motion was made to find Mr. Persons in violation of Section 230.12 and Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations and allow him to reclaim his dog the following day and comply with the requirements of Section 230.12.5. E. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (a), (b), (c), 6, 7 and 8 of the Charles County Animal Regulations. The Board allowed Mr. Persons until the close of business on February 7, 2017 to satisfy the fine of $50.00. The vote to support the motion was unanimous.

 

Citation No. 6570– issued to Milton Kabia, 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. Mr. Kabia was present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Alison Budd, Mr. Kabia, Officer Frederick Davis (Charles County Sheriff’s Office) and Shadoona Starkes (witness for County). Entered into evidence were four photos marked County 1, and a current rabies certificate marked Owner Ex. 1. Ms. Starkes called the Sheriff’s Office to report an aggressive dog at large and Officer Davis responded. Mr. Kabia testified he called his dog several times and went out looking for him and could not find him. Officer Davis testified that the dog showed aggression towards him when he arrived on the scene and was afraid the dog would attack him at which time he shot the dog.

A motion was made to find Mr. Kabia in violation of Section 230.12 and Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations with a fine of $250.00 due by February 7, 2017. No additional restrictions were imposed as the dog succumbed to his injuries. A vote to support the motion was unanimous.

           

            Citation No. 6607 – issued to Stephanie Reed for the alleged violation of Section 230.12 and Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations.  Ms. Reed was present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Kevin Earle, Ms. Reed and Jerry Brown (witness for County).  Officer Earle testified that Ms. Reed said she was the custodian of the dog “Kapone” but she wanted to take ownership of him. Mr. Brown testified that Ms. Reed’s dog attacked him and he went to Patient First for treatment.

            A motion was made to find Ms. Reed in violation of Section 230.12 and Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations with a fine of $250.00 due by February 7, 2017 and that she comply with the requirements stated in Section 230.12.5.E. 1,2,3,4,5 (a), (b), and (c), 6,7 and 8 of the Charles County Animal Regulations. A vote to support the motion was unanimous.

 

Citation No. 6603 – issued to Clayton Smith, Jr. for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 12, Section 12.8 and Section 9.A of the Charles County Animal Regulations. Mr. Smith did not appear at the hearing after being advised of the hearing and signing the citation issued to him. The case was heard ex parte, with testimony heard from Officer Alison Budd. Entered into evidence was a cruelty investigation report marked County Ex. 1, a vet report marked County Ex. 2, and seven photos marked County Ex. 3. Officer Budd advised the Board that Mr. Smith told her he was treating his dog’s health problems himself.

            A motion was made to find Mr. Smith in violation of all the above violations with a fine of $1,250.00 due by February 7, 2017. A vote to support the motion was unanimous.

 

Citation Nos. 6572 and 6573 - issued to Donald Achnick for the alleged violation of Section 230.1.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations for his dogs “Gabie” and “Storm”. Mr. Achnick was present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Kevin Earle, Mr. Achnick, and Linette Anderson (witness for County). Entered into evidence was a receipt from Tri-County Animal Shelter in the amount of $740.00 for reclaim and boarding fees. Ms. Anderson testified that Mr. Achnicks attacked and killed her two dogs she was walking on leashes. Mr. Achnick said he was not present at the time of the attack.

A motion was made to find Mr. Achnick in violation of Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations for both dogs with a fine of $500.00 to be paid by February 7, 2017, and that he comply with the requirements stated in Section 230.5.E 1,2,3,4,5 (a), (b), (c), 6, 7 and 8 of the Charles County Animal Regulations. A vote to support the motion was unanimous.

 

 

 

 

 

Citation No. 6631 – issued to Misty Snider for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 12, Section 230.9.A ad Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations. Ms. Snider was present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Alison Budd and Ms. Snider. Entered into evidence was a bite report marked County Ex. 1, a vet report marked County Ex. 2 and five photos marked County Ex. 3. Ms. Snider dog “Mosie” got loose from her yard and was found two houses down attacking another dog which had to be taken to vet immediately for bite wounds. Ms. Snider testified that she was in immediate pursuit of her dog.

A motion was made to find Ms. Snider in violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 230.9.A and Section 230.12.5 of the Animal Control Regulations with a fine of $400.00 due by February 7, 2016 and that she comply with the requirements stated in Section 230.5.E. 1, 2, 3, 4 5 (a), (b) (c), 6, 7 and 8 of the Charles County Animal Regulations. A vote to support the motion was unanimous.

 

File No. 16-11 – Barbara Bostic vs. Glenn and Laurie Roberts for the alleged violation of Section 12.4.A.8 of the Charles County Animal Regulations. All parties were present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Ms. Bostic and Mr. and Mrs. Roberts. Entered into evidence were four photos marked Complainant Ex. 1 and one photo marked Owner Ex. A. Ms. Bostic testified that Mr. and Mrs. Roberts dog has been coming into her yard and defecting on a regular basis.

A motion was made to find Mr. and Mrs. Roberts in violation of Section 12.4.A.8 of the Charles County Animal Regulations with a fine of $50.00 due by February 7, 2017 and abate the nuisance of their dog being at large, effective immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                         ________________________________

                                                                                                         Amanda Foreman, Chairman

                                                                                                        

 

 

 

 

 

 

There being no further business, the Chairman adjourned the hearing at 8:05 p.m.