Animal Matters Hearing Board
ANIMAL MATTERS HEARING BOARD
FOR CHARLES COUNTY, MARYLAND MINUTES OF MEETING
Tuesday, June 5, 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-Kelly, 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 May 15, 2018 were approved and adopted.
The Motion for Reconsideration by Marcia Fauntroy was called. Ms. Fauntroy did not appear at the hearing, and no request for a continuance was requested. A motion was made to dismiss the Motion for Reconsideration. The vote to support the motion passed.
File No. 18-15 - Jerod Briscoe against Jevonte Chase was called. Mr. Briscoe was not present at the hearing and may not have had proper service for this hearing. Mr. Chase was present and testimony was heard from Mr. Chase and Officer Alison Budd. Mr. Chase advised the Board he has taken measures to correct the issues Mr. Briscoe was complaining about, by cleaning up the yard and putting lime down for the odor and has kept it clean since then. Officer Budd agreed that when she went back out to Mr. Chase’s property it was in much better shape.
The Board decided to table the case until the next scheduled hearing on June 19, 2018 to give Mr. Briscoe a chance to come in and testify before they render a Decision and Order. The motion to support the vote passed.
Citation No. 6734 – issued to Carl Huff for the alleged violation of Section 230.12 and Section 230.12.6.C of the Charles County Animal Regulations. Mr. Huff was present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Kevin Earle and Mr. Huff. Entered into evidence was a two page Tri-County Animal Shelter intake sheet marked County Ex. 1 and an invoice from Tri-County Animal Shelter for reclaim and boarding fees in the amount of $650.00 marked County Ex. 2. Mr. Huff testified that he was unaware of how his dog kept getting out of the yard until he noticed a section of the fence that had been knocked down by a tree. He told the Board he fixed the fence and placed a heavy duty tarp to the fence to keep the dog from getting out again.
A motion was made to find Mr. Huff in violation with Section 230.12.A.1 with a fine of $25.00 due by June 19, 2018 and in violation of Section 230.12.6.C of the Charles County Animal Regulations. The Board allowed Mr. Huff to reclaim his dog the following day on the condition that he pay the boarding and reclaim fees in the amount of $650.00 to Tri-County Animal Shelter. The Board also voted to hold the $500.00 fine for Section 230.12.6.C in abeyance for one year. The vote to support the motion passed.
Citation No. 6779 – issued to Janis Guntow for the alleged violation of Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations for her dog “Zylo”. Janis Guntow and Caityln Guntow were present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Alison Budd and Janis and Caitlyn Guntow and Morgan Clark and Cindy Sharpley (witnesses for the County). Caityln Guntow told the Board that “Zylo” was her dog and took ownership of him. Entered into evidence was a Prince George’s Health Dept. report marked County Ex. 1, a Charles County bite report marked County Ex. 2, and one photo marked County Ex. 3. Caitlyn Guntow told the Board she is the one that usually takes her dog to the vet and unfortunately in this incident her mother took him. She has since had her dog neutered and microchipped and also displayed a “Dangerous Dog” sign on their fence. She will also be taking her dog back to training once he recovers from his surgery.
A motion was made to find Caitlyn Guntow in violation of Section 23.12.5 for her dog being “potentially dangerous” and a $100.00 fine held in abeyance for one year. The Board also ordered Ms. Guntow to comply with the requirements in Section 230.12.5.E 1, 3 and 8 and 8G of the Charles County Animal Regulations. The vote to support the motion passed.
Citation No. 6773 – issued to Jennifer Ewing for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 230.12 and Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations for her dog “Ragan”. Ms. Ewing was not present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Alison Budd and Cathy Berry (witness for County). Entered into evidence was a bite report marked County Ex. 1, a vet report marked County Ex. 2, two photos marked County Ex. 3 and a quarantine report from the Health Department marked County Ex. 4. Ms. Berry testified that her two small dogs were injured by Ms. Ewing’s dogs, a boxer and a pit bull mix that entered her house through a doggie door after her little yorkie. Ms. Berry said she called the police and when they showed up her son also came in to try and get the big dogs out of her house. Officer Budd made contact with the owner of the pit bull and boxer and was told the boxer had been given away.
A motion was made to find Ms. Ewing in violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 230.12, Section 230.9.A and Section 230.12.5.C (potentially dangerous) with a fine of $750.00 due by June 19, 2018, 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 8G of the Charles County Animal Regulations. The Board Ordered that the owner allow Animal Control Officers to inspect the property and animals after 30 days from this Order. The Board referred this case to the State’s Attorney’s Office for failure to appear. The vote to support the motion passed.
There being no further business, the Chairman adjourned the hearing at 8:30 p.m.