Animal Matters Hearing Board
ANIMAL MATTERS HEARING BOARD
FOR CHARLES COUNTY, MARYLAND MINUTES OF MEETING
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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.
Maria Padgett, Chairman
William Van Blarcum
Shanee’ Major-King, Associate County Attorney
Maria Team, Clerk
Jesse Bungcayao, 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 February 6, 2018 were approved and adopted after a change to a Citation No. was made.
File No. 18-02 - The case of David Harris against Julie Winkler was called. Both parties were present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from David Harris and Julie Winkler. Christi Montgomery recused herself from this case. A motion was made to find insufficient evidence to find Ms. Winkler in violation of Section 12.4.A.6 of the Charles County Animal Regulations and therefore the case was dismissed. The vote to support the motion passed.
File No. 18-04 – The case of Brittney Liverpool against Patricia Dudley was called. Both parties were present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Brittany Liverpool, Sean Liverpool and Patricia Dudley.
A motion was made to find Ms. Dudley in violation of Section 12.4.A.1 and Section 12.4.A.8 of the Charles County Animal Regulations for her three dogs with a fine of $100.00 due by March 6, 2018. The vote to support the motion passed.
File No. 18-03 - Monica Voorhees against Elizabeth Vargas was called. Both parties were present for the hearing. Testimony was heard from Monica Voorhees, Elizabeth Vargas and Ricky Posey (witness for complainant). Entered into evidence was a vet bill in the amount of $90.00 that Ms. Vargas had already satisfied marked Complainant Ex. 1 and a two page report from Potomac Animal Wellness Services marked Complainant Ex. 2. Ms. Voorhees testified that Ms. Vargas’ two dogs known as “Blue” and “King” attacked her dog “Chloe” who had to be taken to the vet for injuries.
The Board found Ms. Vargas in violation of Section 12.5.A.2 of the Charles County Animal Regulations with a fine of $100.00 due by March 6, 2018. Ms. Vargas was also reminded that she needs to satisfy the fine of $100.00 from the February 6, 2018 hearing by March 6, 2018 also. The vote to support the motion passed.
File No. 15-16 - The Show Cause Order issued to Dave and Kathy Krahling was called. Mr. and Mrs. Krahling were present at the hearing. Mr. and Mrs. Krahling both testified that the reason they had not erected a physical fence as Ordered by the Board from the hearing on September 15, 2015 was because they had several estimates that ranged from $14,000 up to $16,000 that would be approved by their HOA laws, and they could not afford to do that. They did however, advise the Board they purchased a new electric fence that was closer in proximity to their front door so their dog would not be as close to the road when outside.
The Board having heard Mr. and Mrs. Krahling’s testimony, a motion was made to dismiss the case. The vote to support the motion passed.
Citation No. 6627, 6752 and 6753 – issued to Ennio Rodriquez for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A., Section 230.9.A and Section 230.12.4.A.9 and Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations for Citation No. 6627 for his dog known as “Sargent” and Section 230.10.A, Section 230.12, Section 230.9.A, Section 230.12.4.A.9 and Section 230.12.5 for Citation Nos. 6752 and 6753, for his dogs known as “Blake” and “Toby”. Mr. Rodriques was present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Alison Budd, Melissa Willett, Tracy Jenifer and Terrance Jenifer (witnesses for the County) and Mr. Rodriques. Entered into evidence was one photo marked County Ex. 1, a map marked County Ex. 2, a copy of the Board’s minutes from a previous hearing marked County Ex. 3, a door hanger left by Animal Control Services marked County Ex. 4, a bite report marked County Ex. 5, six photos marked County Ex. 6 and six photos marked County Ex. 7. Also entered into evidence was a current rabies certificate for his dog “Sargeant”. Tracy Jenifer and Terrance Jenifer testified that they witnessed the dogs biting, shaking and pulling the cat, who later died. Officer Budd advised the Board the two dogs are still missing, and Mr. Rodriques informed the Board he has not seen either dog since February 12, 2018.
A motion was made to find Mr. Rodriques in violation of all the above Sections of the Charles County Animal Regulations and fine him a total of $950.00. The Board also Ordered Mr. Rodriques to put up a double enclosure fence and update the Board on finding his missing dogs by March 6, 2018. The Board allowed Mr. Rodriques until April 17, 2018 to satisfy the fine of $950.00.
There being no further business, the Chairman adjourned the hearing at 9:30 p.m.