Animal Matters Hearing Board
ANIMAL MATTERS HEARING BOARD
FOR CHARLES COUNTY, MARYLAND MINUTES OF MEETING
Tuesday, September 18, 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
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 August 21, 2018 were approved and adopted.
File No. 18-27 – The case of Detra Proctor against Mayra Garay was called. Both parties were present. Testimony was heard from Ms. Proctor and Ms. Garay and Jose Medina. Ms. Proctor testified that Ms. Garay’s dog approached her while she was walking on the Indian Head trail with her daughter and she felt intimidated by him. Mr. Medina, who was walking the dog at the time disputed the fact that his dog approached Ms. Proctor at all.
A motion was made to find Ms. Garay in violation of 12.4.A.4 and not in violation of Section 230.12.4.A.1 with a fine of $25.00 which was satisfied at the end of the hearing. The vote to support the motion passed.
Citation No. 6841 – issued to Barbara Adams aka Barbara Garold for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.C of the Charles County Animal Regulations. Ms. Adams was not present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Alison Budd. Entered into evidence were eight photos marked County Ex. 1. Officer Budd advised the board this has been an on-going investigation with Ms. Adams since July 15, 2018. Officer Budd said through her investigation she learned Ms. Adams had 14 Chihuahuas she was breeding and selling.
A motion was made to have Ms. Adams aka Ms. Garold downsize to three animals or obtain a fancier’s license and discontinue selling the dogs. The motion included a fine of $450.00 and a $200.00 for failure to appear due by October 2, 2018. The vote to support the motion passed.
Citation No. 6576 – issued to Malika Fogle for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 12 and Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations. Ms. Fogle was present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Jeffrey Thomas, Brittany Johnson (witness for County) and Ms. Fogle. Sgt. Yates recused himself from the case. Officer Thomas advised the Board he was called out by the Sheriff’s Office for a bite report. Entered into evidence were 16 photos marked County Ex. 1 and a three page vet report, marked County Ex. 2. Ms. Johnson testified that she and her husband were visiting her parents when Ms. Fogle’s dogs attacked one of her golden retrievers. She said it was about 10 minutes before the owner Ms. Fogle arrived, so she did not see the attack. Ms. Johnson said a few days after the attack she noticed puss on her dog’s neck and took him to the emergency vet who cleaned the wound and administered antibiotics. Ms. Fogle told the Board she is with the dogs anytime they are outside since the attack.
A motion was made to find Ms. Fogle in violation of Section 230.10.A and Section 230.12.5.C of the Charles County Animal Regulations and that she comply with the requirements stated in Section 230.5.E.1, 3, 4 5 (a), (b) and (c) and pay a fine of $250.00 by October 2, 2018. The vote to support the motion passed.
Citation No. 6809 – issued to Brandy Garrett for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A x 20 for cats. Ms. Garrett failed to appear for the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Alison Budd. Sgt. Yates and Dawn Harrison recused themselves from the case. Officer Budd advised the Board she met with Ms. Garrett and she admitted to having 20 plus cats. Officer Budd testified that she did see bowls of food and water scattered around Ms. Garrett’s property and she gave Ms. Garrett information about spay/neuter for her cats.
A motion was made to find Ms. Garrett in violation of Section 230.10.A for her cats with a fine of $1000.00 and in violation of Section 230.9.A with a fine of $3,000.00 and hold that amount in abeyance for three months to give Ms. Garrett the opportunity to have her animals spayed or neutered and provide proof of a current rabies certificate and a current animal license to the Clerk of the Board by December 18, 2019. Also the Board asked Animal Control Services to explain to Ms. Garrett everything she needs to do to come into compliance. Should she come into compliance by December 18, 2018, the case will be dismissed. The vote to support the motion passed.
There being no further business, the Chairman adjourned the hearing at 9:00 p.m.