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If you have received an Animal Care & Control citation you have the following options:

  • Pay the fine amount noted on the citation
  • Submit a request to appeal the citation before the Animal Care & Control Commission within 10 days after receiving the citation
  • Pay the fine, if after the hearing the Animal Care & Control Commission does not dismiss the citation.


If a fine is sustained, the citizen has ten (10) days after official notification of the findings to pay the fine. If the fine is not paid, the case will be forwarded to the District Court of Maryland for trial.
Decisions of the Commission may be appealed to the County Board of Appeals at (410) 222-1119. The cost to file an appeal is $250.00.