Animal Matters Hearing Board
ANIMAL MATTERS HEARING BOARD
FOR CHARLES COUNTY, MARYLAND MINUTES OF MEETING
Tuesday, June 19, 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 June 5, 2018 were approved and adopted.
File No. 18-15 - The case of Jerod Briscoe against Jevonte Chase was called. Mr. Briscoe was present at the hearing. This case was re-called from the June 5, 2018 hearing since Mr. Briscoe did not appear on June 5th. Mr. Briscoe testified that Mr. Chase’s dog is outside 24 hours a day and gets tangled in his leash which makes him bark constantly.
A motion was made to find Mr. Chase in violation of Section 126.96.36.199 and Section 188.8.131.52 of the Charles County Animal Regulations with a fine of $150.00 due by July 17, 2018 and to abate the nuisance and comply with the requirements stated in Section 230.12.4.A, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 and 9. The Board also added that Animal Control Services inspect the property by July 17, 2018 and bring back their findings to the Board. The vote the support the motion passed.
Citation No. 6576 - issued to Millicent Farmer for the alleged violation of Section 230.12.6.C of the Charles County Animal Regulations for her dog “Lil Blackie”. Ms. Farmer was present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Jeffrey Thomas and Ms. Farmer. Entered into evidence was a receipt from Tri-County Animal Shelter in the amount of $550.00 for reclaim and boarding fees marked County Ex. 1. Officer Thomas testified that Ms. Farmer’s dog was running at large on February 10, 2018, February 16, 2018 and June 4, 2018 and is currently impounded for being at large for the third time in the last year. Ms. Farmer said she did not want to keep the dog and relinquished the dog to the County at the hearing.
A motion was made to find Ms. Farmer in violation of Section 230.12.6.C with a fine of $100.00 due by July 3, 2018. The vote to support the motion passed.
Citation Nos. 6774 through 6778 – issued to Richard Adams for the alleged violation of Section 8.A (6) of the Charles County Animal Regulations for 24 horses. Mr. Adams was present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Alison Budd, Officer Jeffrey Gustafson and Mr. Adams. Entered into evidence was a notice of investigation, marked County Ex. 1, 12 photos marked County Ex. 2, nine photos marked County Ex. 3, nine photos marked County Ex. 4, seven photos, marked County Ex. 5 and 20 photos, marked County Ex. 6. Officer Budd told the Board this has been an on-going investigation for the past seven months and they have met with Mr. Adams several times to try and help him. Mr. Adams advised the Board his health has deteriorated in the last two years and the two caretakers he hired to clean the stalls and feed the horses have been unable to keep up with cleaning the stalls. He told the Board he has been able to get rid of nine horse and is trying to get rid of more. Mr. Adams admitted to having 22 horses that belong to him and two horses that belong to his caretakers, Kevin and Tabitha. Mr. Adams advised the Board he was given an eviction notice to have the horses off the property by July 9th but has a place to house the horses after that date.
A motion was made to find Mr. Adams in violation of Section 230.8.A.6 of the Charles County Animal Regulations with a total fine of $1250.00 due by July 17, 2018 and to abate the nuisance, effective immediately.
File No. 18-19 – The case of Michael and Adrienne Davis against Carmen Wilson was called. All parties were present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Michael and Adrienne Davis, Officer Jeffrey Thomas and Carmen Wilson. Entered into evidence were five photos marked Complainant Ex. 1, and eight pages of Sheriff’s Office call sheets marked Complainant Ex. 2. Mr. and Mrs. Davis testified that Ms. Wilson’s dog was running at large and lunged at Ms. Davis who was walking her dog and made her fall and chip her tooth. Mr. Davis had an incident when he was mowing his lawn and Ms. Wilson’s dog chased him on his mower into the garage. Ms. Wilson insisted that her dog is not a pit bull as described by Mr. and Mrs. Davis.
A motion was made to find Ms. Wilson in violation of Section 230.12.4.A.1, Section 230.12.4.A.3 and Section 230.12.4.A.4 of the Charles County with a fine of $150.00 held in abeyance for 30 days as long as her dog is not found at large again. The Board also ordered Ms. Wilson to comply with the requirements stated in Section 230.12.4.A 1,2, 3,4,5,6,7,8 and 9 effective immediately. The Board also ordered that Animal Control Services go out at their discretion to check if Ms. Wilson is in compliance with the requirement stated in Section
230.4.A. The vote to support the motion passed.
Citation Nos. 6780 through 6784 – issued to Lazette Clanton for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 230.8.A.6 and Section 230.9.A of the Charles County Animal Regulations. Ms. Clanton was present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Alison Budd and Ms. Clanton. Entered into evidence were two photos marked County Ex. 1, nine photos marked County Ex. 2, three photos marked County Ex. 3. Ms. Clanton advised the Board the dogs belonged to her husband and she took ownership of only one dog known as “Sosa”. She was able to provide a current rabies and a current animal license for all the dogs. Ms. Clanton admitted to being gone for three days from May 5, 2018 to May 7, 2018 and no one was there to clean up after the dogs. She told the Board Mr. Clanton was not living at the house at the time, but he was the only one to clean up after the dogs. She only gave them food and water.
A motion was made to find Ms. Clanton in violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 230.8.A.6 and Section 230.9.A with a total fine of $1,300.00 due by July 17, 2018 and that she obey the nuisance, effective immediately.
There being no further business, the Chairman adjourned the hearing at 10:00 p.m.