Talbot County, MD
 
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the County Council of Talbot County 5-24-2005 by Bill No. 974.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Animal waste in agricultural operations — See Ch. 128.
[1]
Editor's Note: This bill also provided for the repeal of former Ch. 15, Animals, adopted 10-25-1994 by Bill No. 560.
This chapter is intended to promote the public health, safety, and welfare in connection with the care, custody, and control of animals. State law[1] also establishes certain licensing fees and requirements, and certain criminal acts with regard to the care and treatment of animals. This Chapter is intended to provide supplemental additional regulation. Nothing in this chapter is intended to supersede, modify, or repeal any existing state law, rule, or regulation, except to the extent that state law delegates the power to the County Council to do so and the Council has exercised that authority expressly or by necessary implication.
[1]
Editor's Note: Article 24, Title 11, Subtitle 5, Maryland Annotated Code.
For the purposes of this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings defined in this section:
ADEQUATELY VACCINATED
A licensed veterinarian or other person authorized by law has immunized an animal against rabies in accordance with the current year's recommendations as circulated by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and documented the rabies immunization by issuing a valid rabies certificate.
ANIMAL
A living creature except a human being.
ANIMAL CONTROL AUTHORITY
An agency or individual appointed or contracted by the County Council to oversee animal control pursuant to this chapter.
ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER
An individual employed by the Animal Control Authority to oversee, implement, and enforce animal control pursuant to this chapter.
ANIMAL CONTROL PERSONNEL
Any individual authorized by the Animal Control Authority or Animal Control Officer to implement and enforce the provisions of this chapter.
AT LARGE
An animal which is not on the owner's property or under the immediate physical control of a responsible person capable of physically restraining it; provided, however, that dogs will be permitted to run at large when accompanied by the owner, bailee, or authorized agent if the dog is being used or trained for hunting, or is being accompanied by its owner, bailee, or authorized agent on horseback.
DANGEROUS DOG
A dog that without provocation has killed or inflicted severe injury on a person or is determined by the Animal Control Board to be a potentially dangerous dog and, after the determination is made, bites a person; when not on its owner's real property, kills or inflicts severe injury on a domestic animal; or attacks without provocation.
KEEP or HARBOR
The act or sufferance of either feeding or sheltering an animal on one's premises.
OWNER or OWN
Any person having a right of property in an animal, any person who keeps or harbors it, any person who has it in his care or custody, or permits it to remain on, or about, any premises he occupies or controls.
OWNER'S REAL PROPERTY
Real property owned or leased by the owner of the dog. “Owner's real property” does not include a public right-of-way or a common area of a condominium, apartment complex, or townhouse development. (Note: This definition is from § 10-619(A)(3), Criminal Law Article, MD. Ann. Code.)
POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS DOG
A dog that the Animal Control Board has determined to have:
A. 
Inflicted a bite on a person while on public or private real property;
B. 
When not on its owner's real property, killed or inflicted severe injury on a domestic animal; or
C. 
Attacked without provocation.
A. 
Any animal which, on repeated occasions, has been engaging in one or more of the following behaviors:
[Amended 8-28-2018 by Bill No. 1403]
(1) 
Running at large;
(2) 
Excreting on private property other than its owner's;
(3) 
Damaging property;
(4) 
Molesting passersby;
(5) 
Chasing vehicles;
(6) 
Harassing, chasing, tormenting, or injuring livestock, domestic or farm animals; or
(7) 
Acting in any manner which is injurious to property or to public health, safety, and welfare.
B. 
A public nuisance includes any animal that is known to have bitten or injured one or more persons or animals; but not including:
(1) 
The first instance of a provoked bite, which means a bite that resulted from human activity, such as an individual attempting to play with, pet, feed, handle, hold, or redirect an animal's actions;[1]
(2) 
A dog that, while on its owner's real property, kills or inflicts severe injury on a domestic animal; or,
(3) 
An animal belonging to a government agency for conduct occurring while the animal is acting in the official performance of its authorized duty.
C. 
A public nuisance includes a dead animal not properly disposed of that, by reason of its presence, appearance, odor, or other condition poses a threat to the health of any person, animal, or the public generally.
RESTRAINT
Secured by leash and in the custody of a responsible person who is capable of, and does, retain continuous control of the animal. Except for vicious animals and dangerous dogs, it also means an animal that is in the custody of a responsible person and obedient to that person's order.
SEVERE INJURY
Any physical injury that results in broken bones or disfiguring lacerations requiring multiple sutures or cosmetic surgery.
VICIOUS ANIMAL
Any animal that poses a physical threat to persons or to domestic or farm animals by virtue of its specific training or demonstrated fierce or dangerous behavior. With regard to persons, "physical threat" means conduct that places a person in reasonable apprehension of imminent, severe injury and includes any attempt to inflict such injury. No animal belonging to a government agency shall be deemed a vicious animal for conduct occurring while the animal is acting in the official performance of its authorized duties.
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Editor's Note: The definition of a "provoked bite" is from COMAR § 10.06.02.02(22).
A. 
License required. The owner or custodian of any dog or cat over four months of age shall obtain a license for the dog or cat as provided in this chapter.
B. 
Applications for licenses. Application for licenses shall be made to the Animal Control Authority, or to any license agent, accompanied by the appropriate fee as established by law. Applications made after December 31 in any license year in compliance with § 15-3D shall be prorated to 1/2 the regular fee, and the license agent commission shall be prorated accordingly.
C. 
Rabies vaccination. The applicant for any license shall prove that each animal for which a license is requested has been adequately vaccinated as a condition of obtaining a license.
D. 
Residents. New residents shall obtain a license within 30 days following the establishment of residence within the county; existing residents shall obtain a license within 30 days after acquiring a dog or cat.
E. 
Nonresidents. Nonresidents bringing a dog or cat to the County for less than 30 days need not obtain a license for the animal, provided that:
(1) 
The animal meets the licensing requirements, if any, in the owner's domicile; and,
(2) 
The owner or custodian possesses and provides a valid rabies vaccination certificate for the animal while it is in the County.
F. 
Guide or service dogs. If the dog for which the license is sought is a guide or service dog, professionally trained to aid the blind or visually handicapped, or deaf or hearing-impaired, or mobility impaired, as the case may be, and is actually in use for such purpose, the license therefor shall be issued without the payment of any fee and the licensing agent shall inscribe across the face of the license in red ink the words "guide dog"[1].
(1) 
The application shall be accompanied by an affidavit from the owner or owners stating that the dog for which the license is sought has been professionally trained as a guide or service dog, and stating that the owner or owners are aware that the owner(s) may be liable, under Article 30 § 33, Md. Ann. Code, for damages caused by the guide or service dog to premises or facilities.
(2) 
The applicant for a guide or service dog license shall be issued an orange license tag in addition to the tag issued pursuant to this chapter. The orange tag shall be labeled "guide dog" and shall indicate that it is issued by the state.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Pursuant to Article 41, § 18-201, Md. Ann. Code, the Department of General Services shall purchase the orange tags and make them available to the County upon reimbursement for the cost of the tags.
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Editor's Note: Article 24 § 11-502(a), Md. Ann. Code.
G. 
License year. All licenses shall be valid for one year from each July 1 to June 30 of the following year.
H. 
Transfer of license prohibited.
(1) 
The license for an animal may not be transferred between owners;
(2) 
The license for an animal may not be transferred between animals;
(3) 
By the first day of the month following any transfer of ownership of any dog or cat, the owner(s) shall submit a County transfer form notifying the Animal Control Authority of the transfer.
I. 
Display of tags.
(1) 
Metal license tags shall be securely fastened to each dog's choke chain, collar, or harness and worn by the dog at all times, unless the dog is engaged in supervised hunting or other sport where the chain, collar, or harness would endanger the dog's safety or adversely affect its use or purpose.
(2) 
Dogs having implanted microchips are exempt from the requirement in Subsection I(1).
J. 
Lost license tags. A replacement license tag shall be issued to the animal's owner upon application and payment of a $1 fee.
K. 
Failure to obtain license. Failure to obtain a license shall constitute a civil infraction punishable by a fine not to exceed $50.
L. 
License agents. The County Manager is authorized to appoint and remove license agents who, serving as independent contractors, shall be authorized to issue licenses and to collect license fees. License agents shall remit all license fees due, net of commissions, to the Finance Officer according to the requirements of this chapter.
M. 
License agent compensation. License agents shall receive a commission of 50% of the license fees collected by them in accordance with the procedures established by the Finance Officer. The Finance Officer may require license agents, except the Animal Control Authority, to give bond with a corporate surety conditioned upon the proper performance of their duties, in such amount as the Finance Officer shall prescribe.
N. 
License agent accounting.
(1) 
License agents shall keep accurate and complete records of all fees collected by them and shall furnish the Finance Officer a complete and accurate listing of the licenses issued and a detailed accounting of all fees collected. Licensing agents shall remit to the Finance Officer, monthly, 50% of the total fees collected.
(2) 
License agents shall, at least monthly, furnish the Animal Control Authority a complete and accurate listing of the numbered licenses issued, the name address, and telephone number of each person to whom each license has been issued, the name and a complete description of the animal, and each animal's license number.
O. 
Public records. Records generated by license agents transmitted to the Finance Officer and to the Animal Control Authority are public records available for inspection pursuant to the requirements of law.
P. 
Appeals. Any person aggrieved by any decision of any license agent may appeal the same to the Animal Control Board within 30 days of the decision in accordance with the procedures set forth in this chapter.
A. 
Generally. Animal Control personnel may impound any domesticated animal whenever they have reasonable grounds to believe that it is:
(1) 
Running at large without a license;
(2) 
Running at large, displaying a current license, in response to a complaint by a landowner or tenant, provided, however, that prior to impoundment an attempt will be made to return the animal to its home;
(3) 
A public nuisance;
(4) 
An unconfined vicious animal, either unrestrained or unmuzzled; or
(5) 
An unconfined dangerous dog, either unrestrained or unmuzzled.
B. 
State law unaffected. Nothing in this chapter is intended to enlarge or restrict any authority to impound an animal pursuant to state law. Animals impounded pursuant to state law shall nevertheless be subject to the administrative remedies and the jurisdiction of the Animal Control Board as provided in this chapter.
C. 
Notice to owner. When an animal is impounded, Animal Control personnel shall notify the owner of the date, time, location and reasons for its impoundment. The notice shall include a list of conditions, if any, which the owner must fulfill to reacquire possession of the animal.
D. 
Waiting period.
(1) 
Where the animal's owner cannot be identified and it is not claimed within 168 hours after being impounded, the animal may be adopted out or euthanized in accordance with procedures established by the Animal Control Board pursuant to § 15-15B.
(2) 
Exceptions:
(a) 
Feral cats may be euthanized immediately;
(b) 
Animals that are seriously diseased or severely injured may be euthanized immediately;
(c) 
Animals under three months of age may be euthanized immediately;
(d) 
Dangerous dogs or vicious animals may be euthanized 72 hours after being impounded;
(e) 
Animals that are unadoptable, as determined by qualified Animal Control personnel in accordance with written regulations adopted by the Animal Control Board pursuant to § 15-15B may be euthanized 120 hours after being impounded; and
(f) 
When available space in the animal shelter limits the number of animals that can be accommodated, the length of time that an animal is required to be held before being adopted out or euthanized may be shortened from 168 to 120 hours if necessary to provide space to accommodate nonimpounded adoptable animals.
E. 
Charges for impoundment. The Animal Control Authority's charges for impoundment shall be reasonably related to the cost of providing the service. No legally impounded animal shall be released to an owner unless all charges incident to the confinement have been paid. Owners of illegally impounded animals, or persons prevailing in an appeal to the Animal Control Board or in any court proceeding, shall obtain release of the animal without charge for impounding service fees, boarding, or veterinary care.
(1) 
Whenever an animal is legally impounded pursuant to this chapter or state law, the owner thereof shall pay an impounding service fee according to a schedule adopted by the County Council as a condition of release of the animal.
(2) 
In addition to the impoundment service fee, the owner shall pay the costs of any required veterinary care, boarding fee, and a license fee for any unlicensed animal.
(3) 
Impoundment service fees shall be payable to and retained by the Animal Control Authority to offset the expenses incurred in impounding the animal. All fees received by the Animal Control Authority shall be reported annually to the County Council by separate line item during the budget process.
F. 
Stay pending owner identification or appeal. No animal impounded pursuant to the terms of this chapter may be adopted out, neutered, spayed, or euthanized during:
(1) 
The waiting period pending identification of its owner;
(2) 
Until any appeal to the Animal Control Board pursuant to § 15-16B is finally concluded; or,
(3) 
Until any court proceeding is finally concluded.
A. 
Procedures for adoption. Any person obtaining possession of a stray unlicensed dog or cat who wishes to adopt the dog or cat shall, within 24 hours, deliver it to the Animal Control Authority or request Animal Control personnel to take physical custody and transport it to the shelter.
B. 
Procedures to locate owner. The Animal Control Board may establish or amend criteria and procedures to identify or locate the owner, and to determine eligibility for adoption, which shall have the force and effect of law when approved by resolution of the Council. Approval of any such resolution shall occur no later than 90 days prior to the annual renewal of any contract with the Animal Control Authority.
A vicious animal or dangerous dog must be confined at all times while on the premises of the owner or person in possession of the animal. The animal shall not be taken out of such confinement unless securely muzzled and under restraint. Upon a violation of this section, in addition to any criminal prosecution or fine authorized by this chapter, the Animal Control Board may order the animal destroyed and direct the owner to refrain from possessing or owning other animals for a period not to exceed three years.
Any person who violates any provision of § 15-7 shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not to exceed $500 or be imprisoned for not to exceed 90 days.
A. 
No person shall attempt to interfere with the Animal Control Officer or Animal Control personnel in the lawful performance of their duties under this chapter;
B. 
No person shall attempt to obtain the release, without permission from the Animal Control Authority, of any animal legally impounded or otherwise confined on shelter property pursuant to this chapter; and
C. 
No person shall fail to confine, restrain, or muzzle a vicious animal or dangerous dog in violation of this chapter.
Any person who violates any provision of § 15-8 shall be guilty of a municipal infraction. Adjudication of a violation under this section is not a criminal conviction, and it does not impose any of the civil disabilities ordinarily imposed by a criminal conviction.
A. 
All owners shall care for the grounds where their animals are kept so as to prevent the area from becoming a public nuisance or unhealthy for the animals kept thereon.
B. 
All owners shall exercise care and control over their animals to prevent them from becoming a public nuisance.
C. 
No owner shall fail or neglect to properly dispose of a dead animal.
D. 
No owner shall fail to obtain a license as required by this chapter.
E. 
A person may not:
(1) 
Overdrive or overload an animal;
(2) 
Deprive an animal of necessary sustenance;
(3) 
Cause, procure, or authorize an act prohibited under Subsection E(1) or (2) of this subsection; or
(4) 
If the person has charge or custody of an animal, as owner or otherwise:
(a) 
Inflict unnecessary suffering or pain on the animal; or
(b) 
Unnecessarily fail to provide the animal with nutritious food in sufficient quantity, necessary veterinary care, proper drink, air, space, shelter, or protection from the weather.
F. 
The Animal Control Authority may issue a civil citation for violation of § 15-8E(1) through (4) only when it elects to forego criminal charges for the identical prohibited acts under § 10-604, Criminal Law Article, Md. Ann. Code, as amended or recodified.
A. 
General.
(1) 
The County Council may provide a civil fine as a penalty for a violation of this chapter. Except as provided otherwise, a civil fine shall be enforced by the issuance of a citation as provided in this section.
(2) 
A citation may be served in accordance with Maryland Rule of Procedure 3-121 on a person believed to be committing a violation of this chapter for which a civil fine has been provided. The office or department that issues the citation shall retain a copy of it. The citation shall contain:
(a) 
The name and address of the person charged;
(b) 
The nature of the violation;
(c) 
The place and time that the violation occurred;
(d) 
The amount of the fine assessed;
(e) 
The manner, location, and time in which the fine may be paid;
(f) 
The person's right to elect to stand trial for the violation; and
(g) 
A certification attesting to the truth of the matters set forth.
B. 
Fines. Except as otherwise provided, the schedule of fines for a violation prosecuted by the issuance of a citation is:
(1) 
Fifty dollars for the first violation;
(2) 
One hundred dollars for the second violation;
(3) 
One hundred and fifty dollars for the third violation;
(4) 
Two hundred dollars for the fourth violation; and
(5) 
Five hundred dollars for the fifth or any subsequent violation.
C. 
Trial. A person who receives a citation may elect to stand trial for the violation by filing with the Animal Control Authority or other office or department that issued the citation a notice of intention to stand trial. The notice shall be given at least five days before the date of payment set forth in the citation. On receipt of the notice of intention to stand trial, the Animal Control Authority, office, or department that issued the citation shall forward to the District Court having venue a copy of the citation and the notice of intention to stand trial. On receipt of the citation, the District Court shall schedule the case for trial and notify the defendant of the trial date.
D. 
Fines. All fines, penalties, or forfeitures collected by the District Court for violations enforced by the issuance of citations under this section shall be remitted to the County.
E. 
Failure to pay. If a person who receives a citation for a violation fails to pay the fine by the date of payment set forth on the citation and fails to file a notice of intention to stand trial, a formal notice of the violation shall be mailed by first class mail to the person's last known address. If the citation is not paid within 15 days after the date of the notice, the person is liable for a fine of twice the amount of the original fine. If the citation is not paid within 35 days after the date of the notice, the office or department that issued the citation may request adjudication of the violation in the District Court. The District Court shall schedule the case for trial and summon the defendant to appear.
F. 
Record of violation. Adjudication of a violation under this section is not a criminal conviction, and it does not impose any of the civil disabilities ordinarily imposed by a criminal conviction.
G. 
Prosecution. The violation shall be prosecuted in the District Court in the same manner and to the same extent as set forth for municipal infractions in Article 23A, § 3(b)(7) through (15) of the State Code. The Talbot County Office of Law may prosecute the violation.
A. 
General. The Animal Control Officer may issue an administrative abatement order to any person whenever there is probable cause to believe that the person is violating any provision of this chapter. The administrative abatement order shall contain:
(1) 
The name and address of the person;
(2) 
The nature of the violation;
(3) 
The manner, place, and time that the violation occurred;
(4) 
The action necessary to abate, correct, or discontinue the violation, or to comply with the provisions of this chapter;
(5) 
A certification attesting to the truth of the matters set forth; and
(6) 
The person's right to appeal the administrative abatement order to the Animal Control Board.
B. 
Finality. The administrative abatement order shall become final 30 days after issuance, unless:
(1) 
An appeal is filed to the Animal Control Board, or,
(2) 
Under the circumstances, abatement, correction, discontinuance, or compliance cannot reasonably be accomplished within 30 days. In that event, the administrative abatement order shall establish a reasonable time and set forth a date for abatement, correction, discontinuance, or compliance.
C. 
Appeal. The person may file an appeal to the Animal Control Board within 30 days of the date of the administrative abatement order, or until the last day by which abatement, correction, discontinuance, or compliance is required, whichever is later.
The County Council, may, by contract, appoint or engage an Animal Control Authority as the enforcement authority for animal control and the dog and cat licensing provisions of this chapter. The Animal Control Authority shall appoint an Animal Control Officer who shall have supervisory authority with regard to enforcement and administration of this chapter, as an independent contractor, under the general supervision of the County Manager.
The Animal Control Authority may appoint or employ Animal Control personnel, who, acting under the supervision of the Animal Control Officer, shall be empowered to implement and enforce the provisions of this chapter.
A. 
If the owner of an animal found in critical condition from wounds, injuries, or disease cannot be contacted within a reasonable length of time, the animal may be euthanized at the discretion of the Animal Control Officer or a Maryland-licensed veterinarian. The owner shall be contacted as soon as possible and shall make arrangements for the burial, cremation, or other approved removal of the animal. If acting in good faith, any person euthanizing any animal under any provision of this chapter shall be immune from liability.
B. 
Dogs or cats found at large without a license which have bitten or scratched a human or another animal may be euthanized in accordance with procedures established by the Animal Control Board pursuant to § 15-15B.
C. 
If the animal fails to display a license and does not have an implanted microchip identifying its owner, and if circumstances require that an animal be euthanized or adopted out before identification of and notice to the animal's owner, then the Animal Control Authority, the Animal Control Officer, Animal Control personnel, the County, its or their officers, agents, and employees, provided they act in good faith, are immune from any liability in any suit or action by an owner or other person for authorizing or administering euthanasia or adopting out the animal without prior notice.
A. 
Members. The Animal Control Board shall consist of five permanent members and two alternate members appointed by the County Council. The Board shall be composed of at least one veterinarian or veterinary technician, one member of the agricultural community, and other persons having specialized knowledge or expertise relevant to the Board's functions. Three members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Each member shall be an adult resident of Talbot County. Members shall serve without compensation but shall be entitled to reimbursement for reasonable expenses duly approved by the Finance Officer.
B. 
Term. Each member shall serve for a term of three years or until a successor is appointed, except that the first term shall be as follows: one member for one year, two members for two years, and two members for three years. Members shall be eligible for reappointment.
C. 
Officers. The Board shall annually select a Chairman and any other officers deemed necessary.
D. 
Meetings. The Animal Control Board shall meet upon the call of the Chairman or any two members.
[Amended 8-10-2010 by Bill No. 1184]
E. 
Rules of procedure. The Animal Control Board shall adopt rules of procedure governing its proceedings, which shall have the force and effect of law when approved by resolution of the Council.
A. 
Legislative recommendations. The Animal Control Board shall make advisory recommendations to the County Council regarding changes, implementation, and administration of the animal control laws of the County.
B. 
Regulations. The Animal Control Board shall develop, review, and periodically update a comprehensive set of regulations for the Animal Control Authority and the Animal Control Officer for the implementation, administration, and enforcement of the animal control laws of the County, which shall have the force and effect of law when approved by resolution of the Council.
C. 
Fees. The Animal Control Board shall, as part of the annual budget process, make advisory recommendations to the County Council concerning a schedule of fees under this chapter, including fees for licensing, redemption, adoption, board, and other fees or charges authorized or required by this chapter, which shall have the force and effect of law when approved by the Council as part of the annual budget.
D. 
Fines. The Animal Control Board shall, as part of the annual budget process, make advisory recommendations to the County Council concerning a schedule of fines to be imposed for violations of this chapter, which shall have the force and effect of law when approved by the Council.
A. 
Notice. The Animal Control Authority shall provide written notice to an owner or person claiming to be an owner of an animal of any decision, order, action, or determination concerning the animal by the Animal Control Authority, Animal Control Officer, or Animal Control personnel. The notice shall be sent by first class mail, postage prepaid, and shall advise the individual of their rights to file an appeal under this chapter.
B. 
Appeals. Any person aggrieved by any decision, order, action, or determination of the Animal Control Authority, Animal Control Officer, or Animal Control personnel arising either under this chapter or under state law, may file an appeal to the Animal Control Board. Appeals shall be filed within 30 days of the date of the decision, order, action, or determination of which review is sought.
C. 
Complaints. On the written, verified, complaint of the Animal Control Authority, the Animal Control Officer, Animal Control personnel, a law enforcement officer, or a private citizen, the Animal Control Board shall conduct hearings to determine:
(1) 
Whether an animal is a vicious animal as provided in this chapter;
(2) 
Whether an animal is a public nuisance as provided in this chapter;
(3) 
Whether there has been a violation of the provisions of this chapter;
(4) 
Whether there has been a violation of any order issued by the Animal Control Board; or
(5) 
Whether a dog is a dangerous dog or a potentially dangerous dog as provided in this chapter.
D. 
Procedure.
(1) 
The appellant or complainant shall file a written statement setting forth the basis of the appeal or complaint in specific detail.
(2) 
The Animal Control Board shall schedule a hearing within 10 days after the appeal is filed.
(3) 
The Animal Control Board shall give written notice to all parties of a hearing on an appeal or complaint by either personal delivery or certified mail, restricted delivery, return receipt requested. The notice shall be mailed to all parties at least five days prior to the hearing. The notice shall specify the nature of the appeal or complaint and the time, date, and place of the hearing.
(4) 
Subpoena power. The Animal Control Board may issue a subpoena for the attendance of a witness or the production of documents at any hearing of the Animal Control Board.
E. 
Decisions. Within three days after a hearing the Animal Control Board shall issue a written decision setting forth its findings of fact and stating the reasons for its decision. If the Animal Control Board finds that a violation did not occur, the Board shall dismiss the complaint.
F. 
Enforcement. The Animal Control Board may prescribe conditions consistent with this chapter and any applicable rules or regulations to correct any violation and may order the violator to abide by those conditions within a prescribed time limit. The Board may provide for any disposition of any animal, including euthanasia.
Any person aggrieved by a final decision of the Animal Control Board under this chapter may file an appeal to the Circuit Court for Talbot County in accordance with the Maryland Rules of Procedure.