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Charles County, Maryland

Animal Matters Hearing Board

Tuesday, July 15, 2014




Tuesday, July 15, 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-Chair

Sean Brown, Sheriff’s Office

William Van Blarcum

Kristin Lake

Amanda Gibson

Adam Storch, Associate County Attorney

Melody Haynes, Associate County Attorney

Edward Tucker, Chief, Animal Control Services

Maria Team, Clerk


A quorum was declared based upon the presence of a majority of the appointed Board Members.




The minutes of the Animal Matters Hearing Board for July 1, 2014, were approved and adopted.


            File No. 14-07 – The case of Cheree Jones-Gunther vs. Christopher Comstock was called. Both parties were present at the hearing and not represented by counsel. Testimony was heard from Cheree Jones-Gunther (complainant) and Christopher Comstock (owner). Testimony was also heard from Sydney Gunther (witness for complainant). Entered into evidence was an emergency report from Charles Regional Medical Center marked Complainant Ex. 1. Also entered into evidence were six pages of various reports and certificates, marked Owner Ex. A.

Based on the testimony and evidence presented, the Vice-Chairman made a motion to find Mr. Comstock not in violation of Section 12.4.A.1 for his dog “Buddy”, but in violation of Section 12.5.A.1 and 12.5.C of the Charles County Animal Regulations for his dog “Buddy”, with no fines imposed. The motion also Ordered Mr. Comstock to comply with the requirements stated in Section 230.5.E. 1, 2 3 5 (a), (b) and (c) and 8 of the Charles County Animal Regulations. A second motion was made and the vote passed unanimously.

File No. 14-09 – The case of William Cooper vs. Jason Simms was called. The complainant, William Cooper was not present at the hearing. The owner, Jason Simms was present at the hearing. There being no request for a continuance from Mr. Cooper, the Board dismissed the case against Jason Simms.



There being no further business, the Chairman adjourned the hearing at 7:15 p.m.            .