Animal Matters Hearing Board
ANIMAL MATTERS HEARING BOARD
FOR CHARLES COUNTY, MARYLAND MINUTES OF MEETING
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
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
Matthew Cook, Vice Chair
Sandra Fitzgerald, 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 December 18, 2018 were approved and adopted.
Citation No. 6856 – issued to Vincent Janes for the alleged violation of Section 230.12 of the Charles County Animal Regulations for his two goats. Mr. Janes was not present at the time his case was called. Testimony was heard from Officer Budd. Officer Budd told the Board she was called out for two goats at large. She responded and waited for Mr. Janes to get there and he put the goats back on his property.
A motion was made to find Mr. Janes in violation of Section 12 for the two goats with a fine of $100.00 due by February 5, 2018 and that he abate the nuisance of his dogs being at large. A vote to support the motion passed.
Citation No. 6858 – issued to Anne Boyden for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A and Section 230.9.A of the Charles County Animal Regulations for her dog “Mama”. Ms. Boyden was present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Alison Budd and Ms. Boyden. Officer Budd advised the Board that Ms. Boyden was unable to provide proof of a current rabies certificate or a current animal license at the time the citation was issued. Ms. Boyden was able to provide the Board with a current rabies certificate and a current animal license obtained after the citation was written submitted as Owner Ex. 1.
A motion as made to find Ms. Boyden in violation of both Sections of the Animal Control Regulations with a fine of $100.00 due by February 5, 2019. A voted to support the motion passed.
File No. 18-31 - Brian Jarmon vs. Magnus Nnolim – The case of Brian Jarmon against Magnus Nnolim was called. Both parties were present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Mr. Jarmon and Mr. Nnolim. Mr. Jarmon testified that Mr. Nnolim’s three dogs bark all day and night. Mr. Nnolim disagreed with Mr. Jarmon, testifying that there are many dogs in the neighborhood that bark at all hours and his dogs only bark when his friends come by with their dogs.
A motion was made to find insufficient evidence to find Mr. Nnolim in violation of Section 12.4.A.6 of the Charles County Animal Regulations. A vote to support the motion passed.
File No. 18-29 – Karen Eells vs. Melissa and Robert Marletta – The case of Karen Eells against Mr. and Mrs. Marletta was called. All parties were present at the hearing. Ms. Eells was represented by counsel, Crea Jacobson, Esq. Testimony was heard from Karen Eells through her attorney Crea Jacobson, Melissa Marletta and Robert Marletta. Entered into evidence was a quarantine report marked Complainant Ex. 1 and 14 photos marked Complainant Ex. 2. Ms. Eells testified that she was invited to Mr. and Mrs. Marletta’s home to give them an estimate for cleaning their home. Ms. Eells told the Board when she knocked on Mr. and Mrs. Marletta’s door, Melissa Marletta answered the door with her dog by her side. She said everything happened very quickly and did not see the dog come at her. Ms. Eells was attacked by the dog on the face and leg. She was flown out to Prince George’s Shock Trauma. Ms. Eells had plastic surgery due to the severity of her wounds. Ms. Marletta told the Board her dog has never acted in an aggressive manner before and she now locks her dog up before answering the door or letting anyone in. She also testified that her dog has been enrolled at Applejack’s for training since October 20, 2018 and that she notified the owners of the property of the incident since they are renters at that property.
A motion was made to find Mr. and Mrs. Marletta in violation of Section 12.5.A.1 deeming their dog dangerous and vicious with a fine of $750.0 and that they comply with the requirements stated in Section 12.5.E.1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (a), (b) and (c) and 8 G of the Charles County Animal Regulations. The Board also ordered Animal Control to check for compliance by February 15, 2018. The fine of $750.00 is due by February 19, 2019. A vote to support the motion passed
There being no other business, the hearing was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.