ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Calvin Ball is seeking applicants interested in serving on the Animal Matters Hearing Board. The deadline to apply for this vacancy is Friday, April 1st.

Our Animal Control team works hard to ensure the health and safety of the many beloved pets and animals in Howard County. I encourage residents who are interested in animal matters to apply.

Calvin Ball
Howard County Executive

The Board is comprised of seven voting members, with at least one licensed veterinarian practicing in Howard County, three members with animal matters experience, and three members representing the general public, with no more than two members on the Board from the same County Council district. Board members serve three years terms and are responsible for ruling on appeals for animal control law violations, issued orders and declarations related to the enforcement of animal control laws. Members also make recommendations to the County’s animal control facility and review the facility’s proposed budget.

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must be Howard County residents, 18 years of age or older, have an interest in animal matters and be able to attend the Board’s meetings which, when necessary, are held the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the George Howard Building, located at 3430 Court House Drive in Ellicott City.

Applicants should send a resume and brief letter explaining why they want to serve on the Board to Kimberly Pruim either by email to kpruim@howardcountymd.gov or by mail to: Howard County Government, Office of the County Executive, Attn: Kimberly Pruim, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043. The names of eligible applicants will be submitted to the County Executive for approval and then to the County Council for confirmation. 

As part of the Howard County Police Department, the Howard County Animal Control and Adoption Center investigates animal cruelty cases, rescues endangered animals, accepts unwanted pets from Howard County residents, administers a pet adoption program, conducts humane education programs and operates the county’s animal shelter. 

More information about the County’s Animal Matters Hearing Board and Howard County Animal Control & Adoption Center can be found online or by calling the Center at 410-313-2780.

Media Contacts
Deborah Baracco, Administrator

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