Animal Matters Hearing Board
ANIMAL MATTERS HEARING BOARD
FOR CHARLES COUNTY, MARYLAND MINUTES OF MEETING
Tuesday, August 21, 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.
William Van Blarcum
Sgt. Travis Yates, CCSO
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.
File No. 18-25 - The case of Monica Halloran against Sandy Harvey was called. Both parties were present. Testimony was heard from Ms. Halloran and Ms. Harvey. Entered into evidence were five photos marked Complainant Ex. 1. Ms. Halloran told the Board Ms. Harvey’s dog bit her on the back of her thigh while she was out for a walk.
A motion was made to find Ms. Harvey in violation of Section 188.8.131.52 and Section 230.12.5.A.1 of the Charles County Animal Regulations with a fine of $100.00, due by September 18, 2018 and that she abate the nuisance immediately and that they comply with the requirements stated in Section 230.12.5.E, 5 (c), is humanely muzzled by any means sufficient to prevent biting other persons or domestic animals, effective immediately. The vote to support the motion passed.
File No. 18-23 – The case of Hallie Kugler against Walter Turner was called. Ms. Kugler was present at the hearing. Mr. Turner did not appear. Testimony was heard from Ms. Kugler and Officer Jeff Gustafson. Entered into evidence was a vet report, marked Complainant Ex. 1. Ms. Kugler testified that her beagle was attacked by Mr. Turner’s pit bulls, although she did not witness the attack. Officer Gustafson told the Board Mr. Turner called him and asked that he pick up his two dogs, after Mr. Turner signed them over to the County.
A motion was made to find insufficient evidence to find Mr. Turner in violation. The vote to support the motion passed.
There being no further business, the Chairman adjourned the hearing at 8:00 p.m.