Animal Matters Hearing Board
ANIMAL MATTERS HEARING BOARD
FOR CHARLES COUNTY, MARYLAND MINUTES OF MEETING
Tuesday, July 17, 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
Travis Yates, CCSO
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 July 17, 2018 were approved and adopted.
Citation Nos. 6688 and 6689 - issued to Kevin Reeder for the alleged violation of Section 230.12.6.C of the Charles County Animal Regulations for his two dogs “Zeus” and “Spartan”. Mr. Reeder was present at the hearing and waived his 14 day notice. Testimony was heard from Officer Jeffrey Thomas and Kevin Reeder. Entered into evidence was a receipt from Tri-County Animal Shelter in the amount of $1,000.00. Mr. Reeder advised the Board he searched for his dogs for two days before he received a call from Tri-County Animal Shelter that his dogs were there. Officer Jeffrey Thomas advised the Board that the two dogs were friendly dogs.
A motion was made to find Mr. Reeder in violation of Section 230.12 and 230.12.6 C, with a fine of $100.00 due by August 7, 2018. The vote to support the motion passed. Mr. Reeder satisfied the balance of $100.00 on July 18, 2018.
Citation No. 6733 – issued to Marcia Fauntroy for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 230.9.A and Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations for her dog “Ace.” Ms. Fauntroy was not present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Jeffrey Thomas. Entered into evidence were four photos marked County Ex. 1. Officer Thomas stated that the Sheriff’s Office responded to Eva Turner Elementary School for a Rottweiler at large. The Sheriff’s Office was able to get the dog back to its owners. Officer Thomas then followed up and realized Ms. Fauntroy had been before the Board on May 15th for her dog “Ace” being at large and was found to be potentially dangerous and vicious. Ms. Fauntroy filed a motion for reconsideration on the Board’s findings, however Ms. Fauntroy failed to appear at that hearing also.
A motion was made to find Ms. Fauntroy in violation of Section 230.12.5 with a fine of $400.00 due by August 21, 2018 and that she satisfy the previous balance of $150.00 from the May 15, 2018 hearing and refer this case to the State’s Attorney’s Office. The vote to support the motion passed.
File No. 18-18 - The case of Tamisha Keitt against Mr. and Mrs. Thompson was called. Ms.Keitt was present but the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Thompson were not present. Testimony was heard from Ms. Keitt. Ms. Keitt testified that in the first incident she was walking her dog when Mr. and Mrs. Thompson’s dog attacked her dog and growled at her but she was able to get her dog inside the house. The second incident Ms. Keitt advised the Board she saw Mr. and Mrs. Thompson’s dog at large again and she called the Sheriff’s Office.
A motion was made to find Mr. and Mrs. Thompson in violation of Section 188.8.131.52 and Section 184.108.40.206 and Section 12.5.C of the Charles County Animal Regulations with a fine of $150.00, due by August 7, 2018 and that they abate the nuisance immediately and that they comply with the requirements stated in Section 230.12.5.E, 1, 2, 3 ,4, 5,(a), (b) and (c), 6, 7 and 8G and that Animal Control go out within 30 days to check for compliance and report back to the Board. The vote to support the motion passed.
File No. 18-14 – The case of Ashlie Pitt and Daniel Butler against Kamesha Jennings was called and all parties were present. Testimony was heard from Ashlie Pitt and Daniel Butler and Kamesha Jennings. Entered into evidence were four photos marked Complainant Ex. 1, two vet bills and two bite reports marked Complainant Ex. 2.
A motion was made to find Ms. Jennings in violation of Section 12.4.A.1, 12.5.A.2 and 12.5.C for her dog “Mac” with a fine of $200.00 due by August 7, 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 8 G. The Board ordered that she abate the nuisance of her dog being at large, effective immediately and that Animal Control inspect for compliance within 30 days. The vote to support the motion passed.
Maria Padgett, Chairman
There being no further business, the Chairman adjourned the hearing at 7:30 p.m.