Animal Matters Hearing Board
ANIMAL MATTERS HEARING BOARD
FOR CHARLES COUNTY, MARYLAND MINUTES OF MEETING
Tuesday, April 3, 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, Chair
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 March 6, 2018 were approved and adopted.
Citation No. 67232- issued to Heather Drake for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 230.12 and Section 230.9.A and 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations for her dog known as “Ava”. Ms. Drake was present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Kevin Earle, David Tominack, (witness for County) and Ms. Drake. Entered into evidence were 10 photos marked County Ex. 1, and seven photos marked Owner Ex. A. Mr. Tominack testified that Ms. Drake’s dog attacked him and his dog while out walking his dog. Mr. Tominack went to the hospital with a portion of his finger missing and his dog had to be put down due to the serious injuries from the attack.
A motion was made to find Ms. Drake in violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 230.12, Section 230.9.A, Section 230.12.5.A and Section 230.12.5.C with a fine of $1250.00 due by May 1, 2018 and also pay Tri-County Animal Shelter $365.00 for boarding fees. The Board ordered that her dog “Ava” be humanely euthanized. Ms. Drake was advised by the Chairman that she had 30 days to file an appeal with the Circuit Court. The vote to support the motion passed.
Citation No. 6760 – issued to Carlos Thompson for the alleged violation of Section 230.12 and Section 230.9.A of the Charles County Animal Regulations. Mr. Martin failed to
appear at the hearing and no request for a continuance was requested. Testimony was heard from Officer Alison Budd who advised the Board that Animal Control Services has had calls regarding this dog being a large starting back to October 2017.
A motion was made to refer this case to the State’s Attorney’s Office for failure to appear with a judgment in the amount of $200.00. The vote to support the motion passed.
Citation No. 6769– issued to Milton Parker for the alleged violation of Section 230.12 and Section 230.12.5.A (potentially dangerous and vicious) of the Charles County Animal Regulations for his dog known as “Tiger”. Mr. Parker was present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Budd, Officer Jeffrey Thomas, Judith Welch, (witness for County) and Mr. Parker. Entered into evidence was a current rabies and a current animal license marked Owner Ex. 1.
A motion was made to find Mr. Parker in violation of Section 230.12 and Section 230.12.5.C with a fine of $200.00 due by May 1, 2018. The Board also ordered Mr. Parker to abate the nuisance effective immediately and have his dog neutered and microchipped by May 1, 2018 with proof to the County Attorney’s Office. The vote to support the motion passed.
File No. 18-08 - John P. Melenson v. Mr. and Mrs. Burton. The case was called and John Melenson and Benjamin Burton were both present. Testimony was taken from John Melenson and Benjamin Burton. Mr. Melenson testified that Mr. Burton’s two dogs jumped on him as he was getting out of his truck barking aggressively. Mr. Melenson advised the Board that the terrier type dog was not his and he was dog sitting the terrier for only one more week. He also advised the Board his dog is a chocolate lab mix and not a pit bull.
A motion was made to find Mr. Burton in violation of Section 230.11F, Section 230-4.A. 1, 3, 4, 8 and 9, Section 230.9.A and Section 230.10.A of the Charles County Animal Regulations with a fine of $150.00 due by May 1, 2018. The vote to support the motion passed.
File No. 18-07 – Chris and DeAnna Swann v. Mike and Audrey Buoniconti. The case was called and all parties were present. Testimony was heard from Mr. and Mrs. Swann and Audrey Buoniconti. Mr. and Mrs. Swann testified that Mr. and Mrs. Buoniconti’s dog has been loose on several occasions and come on to their property to defecate and that he barks for long periods of time.
A motion was made to find Mr. and Mrs. Buoniconti in violation of Section 12.4.A.1, Section 12.4.A.2, Section 12.4.A.4, Section 12.4.A.6 and Section 12.4.A.8 of the Charles County Animal Regulations with a fine of $150.00 due by May 1, 2018 and to abate the nuisance of the dog being a large and comply with Sections 230.12.A, B, C, 1 and 2, D, E and F of the Charles County Animal Regulations. The vote to support the motion passed.
Maria Padgett, Chairman
There being no further business, the Chairman adjourned the hearing at 10:15 p.m.