Animal Matters Hearing Board
ANIMAL MATTERS HEARING BOARD
FOR CHARLES COUNTY, MARYLAND MINUTES OF MEETING
Tuesday, March 6, 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, Chairperson
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 20, 2018 were approved and adopted.
Citation No. 6754 - issued to Kyree Pringle for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A and Section 230.9.A of the Charles County Animal Regulations for his dog known as “Drako”. Mr. Pringle was not present at the hearing and there was no request for a continuance. Testimony was heard from Officer Alison Budd.
The Board found Mr. Pringle in violation of both Sections of the Charles County Animal Regulations with a judgment in the amount of $200.00 and referred this case to the State’s Attorney’s office for failure to appear. The vote to support the motion passed.
Citation No. 6751 – issued to Tabitha Butler for the alleged violation of Section 230.8.A (6) and (7) of the Charles County Animal Regulations. Ms. Butler was present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Alison Budd, Chief Craig Dichter, Animal Control Services for Calvert County and Ms. Butler. Entered into evidence was a two page vet report marked County Ex. 1, five photos marked County Ex. 2 and a call sheet from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office marked County Ex. 3. Chief Dichter advised the Board this case came to Calvert County first through social media about an injured dog who had just had puppies. Officer Dichter also testified that the dog known as “Princess” at that time was taken to “Mash” an emergency animal hospital in Calvert County for treatment of the dog’s neck due to a leash that had been embedded into its neck for quite some time. A rescue group known as “Spot” took custody of the dog. Officer Budd charged Ms. Butler with giving away puppies under age.
A motion was made to find Ms. Butler in violation with Section 230.8.A (6) and (7) of the Charles County Animal Regulations with a fine in the amount of $1000.00 due by April 3, 2018. The vote to support the motion passed.
There being no further business, the Chairman adjourned the hearing at 8:00 p.m.