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Animal Matters Hearing Board

Minutes
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

 

ANIMAL MATTERS HEARING BOARD

FOR CHARLES COUNTY, MARYLAND MINUTES OF MEETING

Tuesday, December 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

Matthew Cook, Vice Chair

William Van Blarcum

Dawn Harrison

Christi Montgomery

Shanee’ Major-Kelly, Associate County Attorney

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 November 20, 2018 were approved and adopted.

                       

            File No. 18-30 – The case of Edward Wilson, Sr. against Vanessa Alfaro was called. Both parties were present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Mr. Wilson and Ms. Alfaro.  Mr. Wilson testified that Ms. Alfaro’s two rottweilers charged at him while he was going to his mailbox growling and barking at him.  Ms. Alfaro told the Board she was away at the time of the incident and her mother-in-law mistakenly left the gate open. She also told the Board her dogs have never gotten out before.                                 

A motion was made to find insufficient evidence to find Ms. Alfaro in violation of 12.5.A.1 and Section 12.5.C of the Charles County Animal Regulations. The vote to support the motion passed.

 

Citation No. 6852 – issued to Lewellyn Burroughs for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 230.12, and Section 230.9.A of the Charles County Animal Regulations for his dog “Snowball”. Mr. Burroughs was present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Budd and Mr. Burroughs. Mr. Burroughs told the Board he lives on 2 ½ acres and his dogs run free. He provided proof of a current rabies certificate and a current animal license for his dog “Snowball”. He also said he had three puppies that were eight weeks old plus four other dogs.

 

A motion was made to find Mr. Burroughs in violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 230.12 and Section 230.9.A with a fine of $200.00 due by January 15, 2018 and that he complies with the requirements stated in Section 230.12.5 E 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (a) (b) (c), 6, 7 and 8 G of the Charles County Animal Regulations. The Board also asked Animal Control Services to inspect Mr. Burroughs property on January 17, 2018 to check for compliance. The vote to support the motion passed.

 

Citation No. 6856 - issued to Kevin Tomasky for the alleged violation of Section 230.11 of the Charles County Animal regulations. Testimony was heard from Officer Alison Budd, Officer Jeff Thomas and Mr. Tomasky.  Entered into evidence were seven photos marked County Ex. 1. Officer Thomas was the first one on the scene and got the horse back to its property and waited for someone to get there. A request was made for the Board to go into closed session for legal advice.

Upon returning to session, a motion was made to postpone the case for the next hearing date of January 15, 2018. The vote to support the motion passed.

 

Citation No. 6849 - issued to Barbara Henry for the violation of Section 230.12 and Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations. Ms. Henry was present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Alison Budd, Frank McQueen and Jennifer Granberry, (witnesses for County) and Ms. Henry. Entered into evidence was a bite report marked County Ex. 1 and a six- page vet report marked County Ex. 2. Officer Budd was at Ms. Henry’s property talking to her when Ms. Henry’s dog “Peaches” darted out of the door and knocked Officer Budd to the ground. Officer Budd sustained bruises and scratches. Mr. McQueen, a neighbor was out walking his Border collie “Caleb” when Ms. Henry’s dog attacked “Caleb”. Ms. Granberry is the owner of “Caleb” and described the injuries to her dog to the Board.

A motion was made to find Ms. Henry in violation of Section 230.12 and Section 230.12.5 (potentially vicious) with a fine of $100.00, due by January 15th and that she complies with the requirements stated in Section 230.12.5.E, 2, 3, 4, 5 (a) (b) (c), 7 and 8 G of the Charles County Animal Regulations. The vote to support the motion passed.

 

Citation No. 6854 – issued to Elizabeth Smith for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 230.12 and Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations for her dog “Lady Cupcake”.  Testimony was heard from Officer Alison Budd, Maryann Tomasko, Jason Tomasko, Donna Erwin and Elizabeth Smith. Entered into evidence were 10 photos marked County Ex. 1 and a 16 page vet report marked County Ex. 2. Ms. Tomasko testified that she was at her kitchen sink when she heard her two pugs whining and yelping to get in the house and she saw a rottweiler outside attacking them. One of her dogs had a laceration from shoulder to shoulder and her smaller dog had puncture wounds all over his body. When the police arrived, Ms. Smith, Ms. Tomasko, Donna Erwin and Jason Tomasko were all present. Ms. Smith said her dog was in between two of the neighbor’s properties when she found them. She testified that she did not find any blood on her dog, but realized she got out through a hole in her fence. All the dogs involved were current on their rabies.

 

 

A motion was made to find Ms. Smith in violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 230.12 and Section 230.12.5.C of the Charles County Animal Regulations with a fine of $200.00 due by January 15, 2018 and that she complies with the requirements stated in Section 23012.5.E 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (a) (b) (c) 6, 7 and 8. The Board also Ordered Animal Control to inspect Ms. Smith’s fence within 30 days or by January 17th for compliance. The vote to support the motion passed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                   

There being no further business, the Chairman adjourned the hearing at 9:00 p.m.