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Animal Matters Hearing Board

Minutes
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

ANIMAL MATTERS HEARING BOARD

FOR CHARLES COUNTY, MARYLAND

MINUTES OF MEETNG

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

 

 

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Animal Control Board for Charles County, Maryland, was convened by the Chairman at 6:30 p.m. in the County Commissioners Meeting Room, Charles County Government Building, with the following Board members in attendance.

 

Andrew Parker, Chairman

Mandy Foreman, Vice-Chairman

Sean Brown

William Van Blarcum

Kristin Lake

Amanda Gibson

Leigha Messick

Maria Padgett

Carl Blumenstein

Edward Tucker, Chief, Animal Control Services

Melody Miles Haynes, County Attorney

Maria Team, 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 April 7, 2015, were approved and adopted. 

 

            Citation No. 6451 – issued to Steven Brennan, 8911 Cottongrass Street, Waldorf,  Maryland, for the alleged violations of Section 230-10.A  and Section 230-12, Section 230.8 and Section 230.9.A  of the Charles County Animal Regulations for his cat. (no name) Mr. Brennan was present at the hearing represented by Anne Benaroya, Esq. Testimony was heard from Animal Control Officer Alison Budd and Mr. Brennan. Entered into evidence were two photos marked County Ex. 1, and a vet report and two photos marked County Ex. 2.

Based on the testimony and evidence presented, Vice Chairman, made a motion to find Mr. Brennan not in violation of  any of the allegations. A second was made and the vote passed unanimously.

 

Citation No. 6407 – issued to Robert Hughes, 1722 Farmington Court, Crofton, MD 21116 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. Kathy Staples was present, and without objection, was substituted as the owner of the dog “Sasha”.  Ms. Staples admitted to all four allegations. The Board heard from Ms. Staples, Officer Jeff Thomas and Betty Zdranzinski. Entered into evidence was a receipt for reclaim and boarding fees from Tri-County Animal Shelter in the amount of $200.00, marked County Ex. 1. Also entered into evidence was a current rabies certificate and a current animal license marked Owner Ex. A.

Based on the testimony and evidence presented, the Vice- Chair made a motion to find Ms. Staples not in violation of Section 230.10.A and Section 230.9.A of the Charles County Animal Regulations and in violation of Section 230.12 and Section 230.12.5.C of the Charles County Animal Regulations for her dog “Sasha”, and that she comply with the requirements stated in Section 230.12.5.E. 1, 2, 3 4, 5 (a) and (b), 7 and 8 and pay a fine of $215.00 by the close of business April 28, 2015. A second was made and the vote passed unanimously.  

 

File No. 14-28 – Garrett Glover vs. Steve Stowers. Both parties were present at the hearing and not represented by counsel. Testimony heard from Mr. Glover, Steve Stowers, Diane Stowers, Deborah Fisher and Lawrence Fisher (witnesses for Mr. Stower).  Entered into evidence were three photos marked Owner Ex. A. Mr. Glover also played four different videos for the Board.  Kristin Lake recused herself from this case.

Based on the testimony and evidence presented, the Vice-Chair made a motion to find insufficient evidence to find Mr. Stowers in violation of Section 12.4.A.1, Section 12.4.A.3, Section 12.4.A.4, Section 12.4.A.5 and Section 12.4.A.8 of the Charles County Animal Regulations.  A second was made and the vote passed unanimously.

 

            File No. 15-02 – Todd and Mary Armstrong vs. Steve and Kelly White. All parties were present at the hearing and not represented by counsel. Testimony heard from Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong and Mr. and Mrs. White. 

            Based on the testimony provided by all parties, the Chairman made a motion to find Mr. and Mrs. White in violation of Section 230.12.4 of the Charles County Animal Regulations and order them to obey all laws for 18 months and pay a fine of $50.00 by May 5, 2015.  The Chairman also made a motion to find Mr. and Mrs. White not in violation of Section 12.4.A.1, Section 12.4.A.8 and Section 12.5.C for their dog “Maisey”.  A second was made and the vote passed unanimously.

 

            File No. 15-03 – Jeanette Baker and Derick Peterson vs. Stephanie Rogers Smith. The complainants were present at the hearing.  The owner, Stephanie Rogers Smith was not present at the hearing, therefore the case was referred to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

 

            File No. 15-04 – Carrie Gravely vs. Oliver and Christina Ewing. All parties were present at the hearing and not represented by counsel.  Testimony heard from Ms. Gravely and Mr. and Mrs. Ewing. Entered into evidence was a 40 page document with pictures, dates and times of alleged violations, marked Complainant Ex. 1.

            Based on the testimony and evidence presented, the Chairman made a motion to find Mr. and Mrs. Ewing in violation of Section 12.4.A.8 of the Charles County Animal Regulations and not in violation of Section 12.4.A.6 of the Charles County Animal Regulations. A second was made and the vote passed unanimously.  No fines were imposed.

 

            File No. 15-05 – Pamela Williams vs. Michelle Ballard. Both parties were present at the hearing and not represented by counsel. Testimony heard from Ms. William,  Michelle Ballard and Comineta Brinkley (witness for owner).

 

 

            Based on the testimony heard, the Chairman made a motion to find Ms. Ballard in violation of Section 12.4.A.4 and Section 12.5.A.2 of the Charles County Animal Regulations and order her to comply with the requirements stated in Section 12.5.E. 1, 2 3, 4 5 (a) and (b), 7 and 8 of the Charles County Animal Regulations and obey all laws for 18 months and pay a fine of $100.00 by the close of business on May 19, 2015. A second was made and the vote passed unanimously.

 

            File No. 15-06 – John Garcia vs. Djuana Williams. Both parties were present at the hearing and not represented by counsel.  Testimony heard from John Garcia, Djuana Williams and Leroy Scott, Jr. (witness for owner).  

            Based on the testimony heard, the Vice Chair made a motion to find Ms. Williams in violation of Section 12.4.A.6 for her dog “Goldie” and order her to obey all laws for 18 months and not in violation of Section 12.4.A.4 of the Charles County Animal Regulations. A second was made and the vote passed unanimously. No fines were imposed.

 

           

 

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There being no further business, the Chairman adjourned the hearing at 10:30 p.m.