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Animal Matters Hearing Board

Minutes
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

ANIMAL MATTERS HEARING BOARD

FOR CHARLES COUNTY, MARYLAND

MINUTES OF MEETING - CASES

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

 

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

Amanda Foreman – Vice Chairman

Sean Brown, Sheriff’s Office

Kristin Lake

Amanda Hill Gibson

William Van Blarcum

Maria Padgett

Melody Miles Haynes, Associate 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 October 21, 2014, were approved and adopted.

 

            Citation No. 6373 – issued to Jill R. Brady for the alleged violation of Section 230.8 of the Charles County Animal Regulations for her dog “Sade” and “Ellie”. Mr. Brady was present at the hearing and not represented by counsel. She denied being in violation of Section 230.8.

            Based on the testimony of Officer Kevin Earle, Officer Sokolof  (CCSO) and Ms. Brady, the Vice-Chairman made a motion to find Ms. Brady in violation and fine her a total of $100.00 suspending  $50.00 from that amount on the condition that she obey all laws for 18 months. A second was made by Kristin Lake and the vote passed unanimously.

 

            Citation No. 6348 – issued to Lester E. Cullen, 2705 Winnbel Court, Waldorf, Maryland 20601 for the alleged violation of Section 230.12.5 for his dog “Capone”. Mr. Cullen was present at the hearing and not represented by counsel. The Board heard testimony from Mr. Cullen and Officer Gustafson. Entered into evidence were two police reports marked AC Ex. 1, and a receipt from Tri-County Animal Shelter for reclaim and boarding fees in the amount of $285.00 marked AC Ex. 2.

Based on the testimony of Mr. Cullen and Officer Gustafson and the evidence entered, the Vice-Chairman made a motion to find Mr. Cullen in violation of Section 230.12.5 for his dog “Capone” and ordered Mr. Cullen to comply with the requirements of Section 230.5.E. 1, 2, 3, 5 (a) and (b) and 8 of the Charles County Animal Regulations. A fine of $100.00 was imposed; all suspended. Mr. Cullen was allowed to  reclaim his dog the following day on the condition that he pay reclaim and boarding fees in the amount of $285.00 and obey all laws. A second was made and the vote passed unanimously.

 

File No. 14-19 – The case of Carl Scholl against Elwood Lyles was called. Both parties were present at the hearing and not represented by counsel. Testimony was heard from Carl Scholl and Elwood Lyles.

Based on the testimony heard, the Vice-Chairman made a motion to find Mr. Lyles in violation of Section 12.4.A.1 of the Charles County Animal Regulations. A second was made and the vote passed unanimously. The Board did not find Mr. Lyles in violation of Section 12.4.A.3, Section 12.4.4, 12.4.A.6, Section 12.5.A.1, Section 12.5.A.3 and Section 12.5.C of the Charles County Animal Regulations.  Mr. Lyles was Ordered to abate the nuisance for 18 months, with a $50.00 fine, all suspended.

 

Citation No. 6381 – issued to Maria Yake, 8085 Annapolis Woods Road, Welcome, Maryland 20693 for the alleged violation of Section 230.10.A, Section 230.9.A and Section 230.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations. Ms. Yake was present at the hearing and not represented by counsel. Officer Earle withdrew the violation of Section 23.12.5 of the Charles County Animal Regulations. Officer Earle also informed the Board that Ms. Yake relinquished her dog “Eli” to the County and “Eli” has since been euthanized.

Based on the testimony and recommendation of Officer Earle, the Vice Chairman made a motion to find Ms. Yake in violation of Section 230.10.A and Section 12.9.A with a fine of $200.00, suspending $155.00 from that amount, and not in violation of Section 230.12 for her dog “Eli”. A second was made and the vote passed unanimously.  Ms. Yake satisfied the balance of $45.00 at the end of the hearing.

 

 

 

                                       

There being no further business, the Chairman adjourned the hearing at 8:30 p.m.            .