April 16, 2019 Minutes
ANIMAL MATTERS HEARING BOARD
FOR CHARLES COUNTY, MARYLAND MINUTES OF MEETING
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Animal Matters Hearing Board for Charles County, Maryland, was convened by the Chairman at 6:20 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
Sgt. Travis Yates
Bill Van Blarcum
Christi Montgomery - excused
Shanee’ Major-Kelly, Associate County Attorney
Maria Team, Clerk - excused
Jesse Bungcayao, Assistant Clerk
Samantha Knott, Paralegal
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 March 19, 2019 were approved and adopted.
Citation 6890 – issued to Raymond Minor for the alleged violations of Section 230-12 (Animal at Large), and 230-12.6.C (Third and subsequent impoundments within 12 months) of the Charles County Animal Regulations for his dog Bonnie, a Rottweiler mix. Mr. Minor was present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Budd and Mr. Minor. Entered into evidence was a Tri-County reclaim invoice for $225 marked Exhibit 1. Mr. Minor testified that he does have an electric fence, but the dog has dug it up. He also plans to raise his fence higher than the 4-5 ft he has now.
Matthew Cook made a motion to find Mr. Minor in violation of Section 230-12 and Section 230-12.6.C with a fine of $100. The motion was seconded by Sgt. Travis Yates and passed with all members voting in favor.
Citation 6826 –issued to Justin Puckett for the alleged violation of Section 230-8 (Animal Cruelty) of the Charles County Animal Regulations for two horses being neglected by Mr. Puckett. Mr. Puckett was not present at the hearing. Testimony was heard from Officer Gustafson who advised the board that there have been several calls to Animal Control about the horses. The horses were not fed properly with hip and back bones showing. One of the horses (Canyon) went down the field and could not make it back up. The horse ended up being euthanized. The second horse was signed over to Animal Control by Mr. Puckett and was placed with a state horse rescue.
Matthew Cook made a motion to find Mr. Puckett in violation of Section 230-8 for Animal Cruelty in the amount of $500 and a request to forward to the State's Attorney's Office for Owner's failure to appear. The motion was seconded by Bill Van Blarcum and passed with all members voting in favor.
There being no further business, the Chairman adjourned the hearing at 6:41 p.m.