Animal Matters Hearing Board

Function: to hear and render decisions on appeals of citations issued for violations of animal control laws. To issue orders and declarations related to enforcement of animal control laws. To make recommendations on standards and procedures for operation of the animal control facility. To annually review the proposed budget for the operation of the animal control facility.

Number of members: seven. All members must be residents of Howard County. Board must include one licensed veterinarian practicing in Howard County and three members experienced in animal matters, with no more than two from the same County Council district. County Executive appoints, County Council confirms.

Contact: Animal Control Administrator, 410-313-2780.

Meetings: Third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm at Howard County Animal Control, 8576 Davis Road, Columbia, MD 21045 (meeting locations may vary).


Connie M. Molter - Chairperson
Paula M. Schultz - Vice Chairperson
Dorothy Ruck
Laree Siddiqui
Elaine R. Ritchey
Victoria L.F. Gaunt
Flavia Delmastro
Barry Sanders
Deborah Baracco
Debra Edelmann

Animal Matters Hearing Board Rules and Procedures
Animal Matters Hearing Board October 2016 Agenda