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Charles County, Maryland

Animal Matters Hearing Board

Minutes
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

ANIMAL MATTERS HEARING BOARD

FOR CHARLES COUNTY, MARYLAND MINUTES OF MEETING

Tuesday, February 19, 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.

 

Matthew Cook, Vice Chair

Christi Montgomery

Sgt. Travis Yates

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 January 15, 2019 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.  Mr. Janes was not present at the hearing. He had requested to have his citation heard from the January 15, 2018 hearing.

A motion was made to stand by the original fine of $100.00 ordered by the Board on January 15, 2018 and that he abate the nuisance of his goat being at large.  A vote to support the motion passed.

 

Citation No. 6859– issued to Brandi Cooper for the alleged violation of Section 230.12 of the Charles County Animal Regulations for her two pigs. Ms. Cooper was not present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Alison Budd.  Officer Budd advised the Board that Ms. Cooper had removed the two pigs from a trap that was set by the County.

A motion was made to find Ms. Cooper in violation of Section 230.12 of the Animal Control Regulations with a fine of $100.00 due by March 19, 2019 and referred to the State’s Attorney’s Office for failure to appear. A voted to support the motion passed.

 

Citation No. 6825 – issued to Darrell Battle for the alleged violation of Section 230.11, Section 230.12 and Section 230.12.5 (potentially dangerous) for his horse “Diego”. Mr. Battle was present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Jeffrey Thomas and Mr. Battle. Entered into evidence was a receipt from Tri-County Animal Shelter in the amount of $145.00

marked County Ex. 1, and a photo and impound notice marked County Ex 2. Officer Thomas advised the Board that four calls had been made to the Sheriff’s Office regarding Mr. Battle’s horse being at large since November 2018. The Clerk advised the Board that Mr. Battle failed to show up for two previous hearings on October 24, 2018 and November 20, 2018 and those cases were referred to the State’s Attorney’s Office for failure to appear. Officer Thomas was called out by the Sheriff’s Office for a horse at large. Mr. Battle testified that he thinks the horse has been getting out because the deer are breaking through the fence. He was thinking of trying to replace the current fence with a barbed wire fence.

A motion was made to find Mr. Battle in violation of Section 230.11, Section 230.12 and Section 230.12.5 of the Animal Control Regulations for his horse with a fine of $85.00 and if Mr. Battle be brought before the board, it will be recommended that the horse be removed from the owner’s custody. A vote to support the motion passed.

 

File No. 19-03 – Lynn Levendusky vs. Renne Ford-Thomas was called. Both parties were present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Ms. Levendusky, Ms. Ford-Thomas and John Thomas. Entered into evidence were two photos marked Complainant Ex. 1 and four pages of documents from the Emergency Vet marked Complainant Ex. 2. Ms. Levendusky testified that Ms. Ford-Thomas’ dog, a pit bull known as “Bleu”, attacked her on her foot and chest. She was walking her two daschunds on a leash when the attack happened. She also advised the Board that the pit bull bit one of her dogs on the rear end. Ms. Ford-Thomas testified that she was looking for her dog “Bleu” when her neighbor (Ms. Levendusky) yelled that her dog had bitten one of her dogs.

A motion was made to find Ms. Ford-Thomas in violation of Section 12.4.A.1, Section 12.4.A.2, Section 12.5.A.2 and Section 5.C of the Charles County Animal Regulations with a fine of $650.00 due by March 19, 2019 and that she comply with the requirements stated in Section 12.5.E. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (a) (b)(c), 6, 7 and 8G. A vote to support  the motion passed.

 

 

Citation No. 6860 issued to Renee Ford-Thomas for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 230.12, Section 230.9.A and Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations for her dog “Bleu”. Ms. Ford-Thomas was present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Alison Budd, Ms. Ford-Thomas and Lakeshia Batista (witness for the County). Entered into evidence was a vet report marked County Ex. 1, 11 photos marked County Ex. 2, a report from Waldorf Emergency Care marked County Ex. 3, and a receipt from Waldorf Emergency Care marked County Ex. 4. Ms. Ford-Thomas said she was out walking her dog “Bleu” when she lost control of the leash and “Bleu” ran over to Ms. Batista’s property and attacked her dog who later had to be put down from the injuries.

A motion was made to find Ms. Ford-Thomas in violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 230.12, Section 230.9.A and Section 12.5.F with a fine of $1,250.00 due by May 21, 2019 and that her dog be humanely euthanized. A vote to support the motion passed.
 

File No. 18-32 – Anita Johnson vs. Brigett Fuentes – The case of Anita Johnson against Brigett Fuentes was called. Both parties were present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Ms. Johnson and Ms. Fuentes. Entered into evidence were 17 photos marked Complainant Ex. 1. Ms. Johnson testified that Ms. Fuentes’ dogs were always in her yard and scratching at her door. Ms. Fuentes advised the Board she has fixed her fence and her dogs have not been over to Ms. Johnson’s property since the last incident.

A motion was made to find Ms. Fuentes in violation of Section 12.4.A.1 and Section 12.4.A.2 of the Charles County Animal Regulations with a fine of $100.00 due by March 19, 2018 and abate the nuisance of her dogs being at large. The Board allowed Ms. Fuentes 60 days to fix her fence properly.  A vote to support the motion passed.

 

File No. 19-02 – Janice Metz vs. Keith and Holly Sanderson --The Case of Janice Metz vs. Keith and Holly Sanderson was called. All parties were present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Ms. Metz and Mr. and Mrs. Sanderson. Entered into evidence were seven photos marked Owner Ex. 1, and three pages of documents marked Owner Ex. 2. Ms. Metz testified that Mr. and Mrs. Sanderson’s pit bull was in her backyard and charged at her and her grandchildren. Mr. Sanderson testified that he has an electric fence around the front and sides of his property and has a correction collar on his dog so he cannot leave his property.

A motion was made to find Mr. and Mrs. Sanderson in violation of Section 12.4.A.1 for their dog being at large with a fine of $50.00 held in abeyance for two years. A vote to support the motion passed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                   

            There being no other business, the hearing was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.