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Minutes - January 7, 2020

Minutes
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

   

ANIMAL MATTERS HEARING BOARD

FOR CHARLES COUNTY, MARYLAND MINUTES OF MEETING

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

A meeting of the Animal Matters Hearing Board for Charles County, Maryland, was convened by the Maria Padgett, Chairperson at 6:00 p.m. in the County Commissioners Meeting Room, Charles County Government Building, with the following Board members.

Maria Padgett, Chairman

Matthew Cook, Vice Chairman

Eva Lightfoot

Christi Montgomery

Katie Shelton

Sgt. Travis Yates

Shanee’ Major-Kelly, Associate County Attorney

Melody Weschler, Acting Clerk

Samantha Knott, Paralegal

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

 

Old Business

Minutes of December 17, 2019 – A motion was made to approve the minutes of December 17, 2019 by Matthew Cook, seconded by Christi Montgomery, all in favor.

 

New Business

Citation 6902 Animal Control vs. Carolyn Moore

The Clerk swore in Carolyn Moore and Officer Budd.  Officer Budd testified that on December 5, 2019 she responded to Billingsley Elementary School for a dog on the playground. She testified that the dog had been picked up the previous day, 12/4/19, at the same location.  The owner of the dog appeared and reclaimed the dog from the truck.

Ms. Moore testified that she has two grandchildren that attend Billingsley Elementary School and they were at recess and the dog heard them and went to the school to see her grandchildren.  She provided proof of rabies and license. 

Sgt. Yates made a motion finding Ms. Moore in violation of section 230-10.A with a fine of $0, section 230-12 with a fine of $25.00 and 230-9.A with a fine of $0, seconded by Mr. Cook, all in favor. 

Citation 6903 Animal Control versus Jason Johnson

Officer Budd withdrew this citation as Mr. Johnson no longer owns the dog. 

Citation 6904 Animal Control versus Jason Johnson

The Clerk swore in Mr. Johnson.  Officer Budd testified that she responded on December 4, 2019 to a call of a dog attacking a pig. This dog was not the dog attacking the pig but this dog was at the house and followed the Animal Control van when leaving.  The dog was impounded for its safety.  Mr. Johnson was not at home at the time.  Mr. Johnson reclaimed the dog from the Tri-County Shelter.

Sgt Yates made a motion finding Mr. Johnson in violation of section 230-10.A with a $50 fine, holding $45 in abeyance for one year, section 230-12 with a $50 fine, holding $45 in abeyance for one year, and section 230-9.A with a $50 fine, holding $45 in abeyance for one year, for a total fine of $15.00 due, holding in abeyance $135, seconded by Mr. Cook, all in favor with Ms. Montgomery abstaining from voting.   Fines to be paid by February 4, 2020.

Citation 6905 Animal Control vs Jason Johnson

Officer Budd testified that on December 4, 2019 she responded to a call of a dog attacking a pig and the dog being shot with a BB gun.  Officer Budd testified that she did not impound the pig until December 5, 2019.  The pig was not reclaimed.  Officer Budd entered into evidence County exhibit #1, four pictures of the pig with no objection, and County exhibit #2, bite report for the dog and the pig with no objection. 

Ms. Blache Washington was sworn by the Clerk.  Ms. Washington testified that the pig was in her yard and the dog was attacking the pig.  Ms. Washington stated that she shot the dog with the BB gun to get it off  the pig. 

Mr. Johnson testified that the pig had been gone for two months.   He stated that the neighbors feed the pig.  Mr. Johnson also stated that he was the one that called Animal Control about his dog being shot with the BB gun.

Sgt Yates made a motion finding Mr. Johnson in violation of section 230-12 with a $50 fine, holding $50 in abeyance for one year, and section 230-8 with a $50 fine, for a total fine of $50 due, holding in abeyance $50, seconded by Mr. Cook, all in favor with Ms. Montgomery abstaining from voting.  Fines to be paid by February 4, 2020.

 Citation 6913 Animal Control vs Jason Johnson

Officer Budd testified that she responded on December 19th, 2019 to complaints of  a dog bothering children at the bus stop.  She testified that this was the same dog that was impounded on December 4th, 2019 and reclaimed by Mr. Johnson.  Officer Budd entered into evidence County exhibit 1, three photos of the dog after being impounded, and County 2, reclaim fees. 

Mr. Johnson testified that he thought the dog was in the house.  He also stated that the dog was taken from his  yard. 

Sgt. Yates made a motion finding Mr. Johnson in violation of section 230-10.A with a $50 fine, holding $45 in abeyance for one year, section 230-12 with a $50 fine, holding $45 in abeyance for one year and section 230-9.A with a fine of $50, holding $45 in abeyance for one year,  for a total fine of $15, holding $135 in abeyance for one year, seconded by Mr. Cook, all in favor with Ms. Montgomery abstaining from voting. Fines to be paid by February 4, 2020.

Citation 6747 Animal Control vs Mary Collins

The Clerk swore in Office Jeffrey Thomas and Ms. Collins. Ms. Collins waived her 14 day written notice of the hearing.  Officer Thomas testified that this is a third impound.  The dog had been taken to the Humane Society on November 3, 2019, December 23, 2019 and January 3, 2020. Officer Thomas entered into evidence County exhibit 1, reclaim fees.

Ms. Collins testified that they have been trying to stop the dog from leaving their yard.  They have  put a barrier around the bottom of the fence so the dog can not dig out and they have now started using a wireless shock collar.  The last time the dog got out the collar was not on the dog. 

Mr. Cook made a motion finding Ms. Collins in violation of section 230-10.A with a $100 fine,  section 230-12.6.C with a $50 fine, holding $150 in abeyance for one year, seconded by Ms. Lightfoot, all in favor.    

File No. 20-04 Tina Sweeney vs Debbie Dudak

The Clerk swore in Ms. Sweeney and Ms. Dudak.  Ms. Sweeney testified that Ms. Dudak dog sits  a dog regularly.  She stated that Ms. Dudak walks the dog throughout the neighborhood without on a leash and does not pick up the waste. Ms. Sweeney testified that the dog comes into her yard and goes to the bathroom and it is not picked up by Ms. Dudak.  She also stated that the dog was dangerous and is aggressive towards her dog.  Ms Sweeney did not have any pictures to present to the Board.

Mr. Sweeney was sworn in by the Clerk as a witness for Ms. Sweeney. He stated that he does see waste in their yard, however, he has not seen which dog does it.

Ms. Dudak testified that she does watch a friend’s dog.  She stated that she does walk the dog with a harness and is on a leash. She further stated that the dog is paper trained and she puts down newspaper and the dog goes to the bathroom on the paper and then she picks the paper up and disposes of it. Ms. Dudak stated that the dog is friendly and not aggressive.

Sgt. Yates made a motion finding Ms. Dudak not in violation of 12.4.A(1), 12.4.(A)(5) and 12.4.A(8), seconded by Mr. Cook, all in favor.

File No. 20-05 Tina Sweeney vs Jodi Martz

The Clerk swore in Ms. Martz. Ms. Sweeney testified that this is the same dog as Ms. Dudak watches.  Ms. Sweeney testified that Ms. Martz walks the dog with no leash and does not pick up the waste. 

Ms. Martz testified that the dog is her boyfriend’s dog.  She presented into evidence as Owner’s exhibit 1, pictures of the dog wearing a harness and leash and pictures of the dog going to the bathroom on paper.  She also provided proof of rabies vaccination. 

Sgt Yates made a motion finding Ms. Martz not in violation of section 12.4.A(1) and 12.4.A(8), seconded by Mr. Cook, all in favor.

Other Business

No other business.

There being no further business Mr. Cook made a motion to adjourn the hearing, seconded by Ms. Shelton. All members voted in favor and the hearing was adjourned at 7:55 p.m.

Melody Weschler, Acting Clerk