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Charles County, Maryland

Animal Matters Hearing Board

Minutes
Tuesday, February 4, 2014

ANIMAL MATTERS HEARING BOARD

FOR CHARLES COUNTY, MARYLAND

MINUTES OF MEETING - CASES

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

 

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Animal Control Board for Charles County, Maryland, was convened by the Chairman at 7:00 p.m. in the County Commissioners Meeting Room, Charles County Government Building, with the following Board members in attendance.

 

Jay West, Chairman

Amanda Foreman, Vice-Chair

Sean Brown

William Blarcum

Kristin Lake

Debbie Soileau

Adam Storch, Associate County Attorney

Edward Tucker, Chief, Animal Control Services

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 December 3, 2013, were approved and adopted.

 

            Citation No. 6158 and 6159 – issued to John S. Gloden, 8285 Gordan Place, Welcome, MD 20613 for the alleged violation of Section 230.12 and Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations for his dogs “Casey” and “Tyson”. Mr. Gloden was present at the hearing and not represented by counsel. Testimony was heard from Officer Gustafson and Mr. Gloden. Testimony was also heard from Whitney Hart, Patrick Hart and Sophia Hart (witnesses for the County). Entered into evidence were two sheets of paper containing six photos.           

Based on the testimony and evidence presented, the Chairman made a motion to find Mr. Gloden in violation of both Sections of the Animal Control Regulations and fine him a total of $1000.00 and suspend $750.00 from that amount on the condition that he comply with the requirements stated in Section 12.5.E. 1, 2, 3, 5 (a) and (b) of the Animal Control Regulations and obey all laws for 18 months. A second was made by William Blarcum and the vote passed unanimously.  The Board allowed Mr. Gloden until the close of business on February 18, 2014 to satisfy the balance of $250.00. Mr. Gloden satisfied the balance of $250.00 on February 7, 2014 in the County Attorney’s Office.

            Citation Nos. 6257 and 6259 – issued to Joseph M. Webb, 7015 Herbert Road, Hughesville, MD 20637 for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 239.12, Section 230.9.A and Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations for his dogs “Diesel” and “Sky”. Mr. Webb was present at the hearing and not represented by counsel.  Testimony was heard from Officer Alison Budd and Mr. Webb. Testimony was also heard from Elizabeth Therres (witness for County). Entered into evidence was a quarantine report marked County Ex. 1.

            Based on the testimony and evidence presented, the Chairman made a motion to find Mr. Webb in violation of all the above violations for both citations, and fine him a total of $1350.00 and suspend $1,000.00 from that amount on the condition that he comply with the requirements of Section 230.5.E 1, 2, 3, 5 (a) and (b) and obey all laws for 18 months.  A second was made by Amanda Foreman and the vote passed unanimously. The Board also ordered Mr. Webb to provide a current rabies certificate and a current animal license to the Office of the County Attorney on or before February 18, 2014.  The Board allowed Mr. Webb until the close of business on March 18, 2014 to satisfy the amount of $350.00 or the case would be referred to the State’s Attorney’s Office for non-payment.

            Citation No. 6261 - issued to Lacy Bell, Jr., 25 Oakside Lane, Indian Head, Maryland 20640 for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 230.8 and Section 230.9.A of the Charles County Animal Regulations. Mr. Bell was present at the hearing and not represented by counsel.  Testimony was heard from Officer Alison Budd and Mr. Bell.

            Based on the testimony heard, the Chairman made a motion to have Mr. Bell return at the next hearing on February 18, 2014 with a current rabies certificate and a current animal license and then address the fines for Section 230.8 of the Animal Regulations at that time. A second was made by Kristin Lake and the vote passed unanimously.

 

                       

 

 

 

There being no further business, the Chairman adjourned the hearing at 8:35 p.m.            .