Cecil County Commissioners Get Earful from Perryville Mayor, Dog Parents; Kilby Asks Farm $ Aid

May 10, 2011 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Cecil Times

It was a day for citizens-and a mayor- to vent at the Cecil County Commissioners, even before the annual ritual of two budget hearings Tuesday afternoon and evening.

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Dog Dad

Earleville, MD

#1 May 13, 2011
This Mindy Carletti totally hijacked the task force, or what is left of it. She was told to look at the questions some of us raised in February on kennel sizes and the zoning for the Elkton kennel that disturbs the neighbors. But instead she redid the whole thing on her own.

I have two dogs that I have bred once in a while and given them to friends. Mindy Carletti would make me get a special expensive license and let inspectors into my home whenever they want. This woman is totally out of control. She is not an elected official, she is just pushing the PETA radical agenda!

Tell the Commissioners NO on the Mindy Carletti radical agenda.
Doggie Lover

Conowingo, MD

#2 May 19, 2011
I would like to know who really give a damn about the SPCA in Cecil County?? I can tell you that the local folks could care less! So now we have someone that does care; Mindy Carletti! She has tried for years to be a part of something good to help protect the animals of Cecil County.

This county gives over $800K to the SPCA, and what do they do? NOTHING!!

If you care so much, then help create adoption days, help spay and neutering programs, help change the laws. Can you do this?? I do not think so!!!!
Dog Dad

Earleville, MD

#3 May 19, 2011
Doggie, go read the county budget-- the SPCA money has been frozen for years at $600K and got cut 4 percent more in the new budget. They get much less than animal control in Queen Anne's county that has half the population of Cecil County.

Your pal cares more about her own agenda than practical solutions to animal problems. My two dogs don't cause any public nuisance and if I let them march in a local pet show your pal would make me get a special "hobby kennel" license.

That is just an excuse to give more money to the government (and they don't pay ANYTHING for spay/neuter) and letting inspectors into my home.
For what? to see my two dogs lying on the sofa? What a waste of time and money.
TOO MUCH GOVERNMENT

Salisbury, MD

#4 May 25, 2011
Clearly the "animal control task force" that was originally headed by Howard Eisenberg was heading in the right direction but then Mr. Eisenberg resigned and the legitimacy of the Task Force went with him. Carletti certainly is showing her colors as a PETA type with an unwritten agenda. That unwritten agenda came thru loud and clear in this April 2011 Proposed Ordinance that is circulating the county. Not only will those changes be difficult and extremely costly to enforce but it violates the rights of responsible dog owners. Certainly in this day and age of the home invasions, stabbings, charter government on the horizon, you would think that Cecil Co. government has something better to do than to worry about DOGS that are being used in sporting events. Carletti has been after the SPCA for her own personal reason for years and has been spreading lies along with her very "uneducated to the real facts" vet techs. It seems to me that there is a real conflict of interest with Carletti and Edie Creek (who by the way was never appointed to the Task Force) hijacking the Task Force. If you listen to the min utes of the County Commissioners Public Hearing on Chapter 209, that task force was simply asked to go back and review the section of concern from the general public, not rewrite the ordinance.
Say it loud and clear
"NO TO THE PROPOSED APRIL 2011 ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCE"
Dog Dad

Earleville, MD

#5 May 26, 2011
Too Much Government, you are right. This PETA radical activist, Mindy Carlietti, wants to create a whole new government mandate that will come into our homes with tape measures to see if my two dogs have enough space. DUH-- they have the run of the house, sleep with me and my wife on our bed, and live the "good life."

But because I might let them go to a local charity dog show, I would have to get a 'Hobby Kennel" license! I would have to get them a microchip-- one of my dogs has medical conditions that could be impacted by inserting a computer ship into his body. And why? My dogs are always in our fenced yard, when they are not sleeping on the bed or sofa inside the house.

Tell the Commissioners NO, NO, NO on this stupid radical PETA/Carletti agenda!
Animal Lover

Wilmington, DE

#6 May 26, 2011
There are so many untruths in these above postings I don't even know where to start. Contact the AKC and ask them for a copy of 209. No where does it say you will have to get a kennel license because you want your dogs to march in a parade! It also doesn't say you would have to get them a microchip! And by the way, I do animal rescue. I have had dogs with just about every ailment under the sun microchipped. They cause virtually no issues. And they are not a computer chip. They do not just sit in the animals body activated all the time. What in the heck are you reading, or are you just being told misinformation? Please get a copy and educate yourself, otherwise you just look foolish getting all worked up about things that are not true. As for a Peta agenda, I really don't think that is the case. Real animal lovers steer clear of Peta, with their staggering kill rates of dogs and cats, and their radical belief that there should be no pets. After reading this law, it seems to me that it is intended to make Cecil County a more humane and safe place for the animals, as well as a safer community as a whole.
Dog Dad

Earleville, MD

#7 May 27, 2011
I have contacted the AKC. They have put cecil county on a national 'watch list" over the proposed Carletti rules and the AKC strongly opposes them.

Maybe you are looking at the proposed new ordinance that was a compromise plan put out to the public hearing in February. The problem is that Carletti re-wrote that law a few weeks ago from what the full task force wrote. She put in things that the full group had not gone along with.

Go read the "hobby kennel" rules she wants to impose. Two dogs that you "show" would make you get a kennel license and inspections.

YOU are the one posting untruths here.
Animal Lover

Wilmington, DE

#8 May 27, 2011
I am not telling untruths. I am reading the same 209 you are if you got yours from the AKC. "Showing" I believe would be considered dog shows, not parades and such. The AKC is nothing but a glorified group of breeders who oppose just about everything and still believe in cropping ears and docking tails, which is purely cosmetic. They also oppose laws that would crack down on puppy mills. I've read the new Ch 209. Heaven forbid a county try to protect the animals in it. They cannot speak for themselves. They need others to do it. Animals lovers will be out in full force to support this law. At least Delaware has been proactive in their laws for animals. Its time for Cecil County to do the same. RESPONSIBLE dog owners would have no problem with this law.

Also, you keep bringing up this Carletti lady, but I would like to know what solid proof you have that she re-wrote the laws. There was a task force put in place, and it seems to me they have done the work that was needed. I applaud them and their efforts to make CC a better and more humane place for animals. Again, heaven forbid we protect them and show some compassion.
Doggie Lover

Conowingo, MD

#9 May 27, 2011
Dog Dad wrote:
Doggie, go read the county budget-- the SPCA money has been frozen for years at $600K and got cut 4 percent more in the new budget. They get much less than animal control in Queen Anne's county that has half the population of Cecil County.
Your pal cares more about her own agenda than practical solutions to animal problems. My two dogs don't cause any public nuisance and if I let them march in a local pet show your pal would make me get a special "hobby kennel" license.
That is just an excuse to give more money to the government (and they don't pay ANYTHING for spay/neuter) and letting inspectors into my home.
For what? to see my two dogs lying on the sofa? What a waste of time and money.
Really? Well thank you for clearing this up. I am not going to get into a pissing match with any of you. FACTS are FACTS! The CCSPCA does nothing to promote spay and neutering, low cost adoptions,....etc.....
Why do you feel it is an "AGENDA"?? I want you to tell me WHO else in this county has done ONE good thing?? That lazy fat director just breeds and uses the space to sell her dogs. Hmmm, is that fair????
Puppy Pal

Earleville, MD

#10 May 27, 2011
OH, "Animal Lover" from DELAWARE-- at first you say contact the AKC to see they will support the Carletti changes. THEN when you are called out on it, and the fact that the AKC OPPOSES the Carletti changes, you suddenly charge that the American Kennel Club is just a bunch of cruel "breeders" who could care less about animal welfare. Well, you can't have it both ways!

I'm not an AKC member, but many of my friends are. The AKC is a national organization with a long history of care and concern for animals.

Do you know that your gal pal Carletti has a personal rejection agenda that makes her hell-bent to attack the SPCA? She didn't get the job as the full-time vet there. She was rejected. Can you say vendetta?

And as for your personal attack on the director, have you put Carletti on a scale lately?
Animal Lover

Wilmington, DE

#11 May 27, 2011
I never said to contact the AKC to see if they will support the changes. I said to contact them for a copy of 209. Re-read the post. Then re-read it again. If you still don't understand it, then I can't help you. So I was not called out on anything. Who cares if the AKC supports it or not?

I am sure the AKC has a lot of care and concern for the dogs in puppy mills who come with AKC papers, the dogs that undergo purely cosmetic procedures so that they can be shown, and all of the problems certain breeds have with reproduction (pugs, english bulldogs, etc). There may be some responsible breeders in the bunch. Not saying there isn't. However, when it comes to animal laws, they have to understand that the laws are meant to protect the animals, not trample on their rights. The way I see it, is if they are responsible dog owners, there would be no need for them to worry.

I did not attack anyone. I have more class than that. Others will post whatever they want, but being an educated human being, I will not stoop as low as others may on this board.

This Carletti lady is not my gal pal. It seems as though anyone who stands up for 209 on this forum is automatically accused of being friends with this woman. Someone is paranoid, I think.

From what I can see when I take my cats to the vet, Dr Carletti doesn't need, nor did she ever, a full time job at the SPCA. She has a thriving business, and does wonderful things for her community. And if the above comment is true, I say thank goodness! So if I had to "put her on a scale" I guess I would have to say she is a vocal voice for the animals, and for that I thank her. It doesn't seem as though anyone else in Cecil County wants to be, even the people charged with the job of making animals safer in Cecil County.

Thank goodness I moved to De. At least we can get it right. We have one of the most progressive animal laws in the nation. PROGRESSIVE. That is what Cecil County's animals need. After all, that is what its about, right? But everyone else likes to throw around words like agenda. Maybe everyones agenda/vendetta ought to be the animals, if you truly are an animal lover.
Doggie Lover

Conowingo, MD

#12 Jun 1, 2011
After all of these years, do you really think the SPCA is worth the space the Mrs. Dupont donated to them??

These personal attacks against Dr. Carletti are insane! Can you tell me what anyone else in the county of Cecil has done for animals? Please let me know, I want to know.

Isn't this the 21st century?? Where is the progression with the laws, the care, the dignity these animals need?

Some of you have NO CLUE! And just sit on your ass and gossip, while many animals die everyday! For once in yo9ur life, get the hell up and learn from people like Dr. Carletti!!

Oh, and thanks for all of the funny face check marks on my posts, just confirms our irresponsibility and class!
Dog Dad

Earleville, MD

#13 Jun 1, 2011
Doggie Lover wrote:
After all of these years, do you really think the SPCA is worth the space the Mrs. Dupont donated to them??
These personal attacks against Dr. Carletti are insane! Can you tell me what anyone else in the county of Cecil has done for animals? Please let me know, I want to know.
Isn't this the 21st century?? Where is the progression with the laws, the care, the dignity these animals need?
Some of you have NO CLUE! And just sit on your ass and gossip, while many animals die everyday! For once in yo9ur life, get the hell up and learn from people like Dr. Carletti!!
Oh, and thanks for all of the funny face check marks on my posts, just confirms our irresponsibility and class!
It is too sad that you, and the pals of Ms. Mindy, are so hell bent to attack anyone who does not drink her Kool-Aid. There are many people who love animals and open their homes and hearts to abused strays with no expectation of financial reward.(Indeed, we spend a whole lot of $ to care for the previously abused and neglected animals we adopt!)

Your attacks, and those of other Mindy galpals, do nothing to address the basic facts: Mindy hijacked the process, and imposed her personal agenda (and gee, it might get her some money from mandated excess shots and microcips) when the full task force rejected her agenda. She re-wrote history for her own agenda. So sorry if you do not like the word "agend" but it applies here. Who does she think she is? She does not rule the law of Cecil County, regardless of how much she and her pals try to bully everyone who loves and provides loving homes to animals.

And yes, we may do to provide loving care without putting money into Dr. Mindy's pockets!
Doggie Lover

Conowingo, MD

#14 Jun 1, 2011
Dog Dad wrote:
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It is too sad that you, and the pals of Ms. Mindy, are so hell bent to attack anyone who does not drink her Kool-Aid. There are many people who love animals and open their homes and hearts to abused strays with no expectation of financial reward.(Indeed, we spend a whole lot of $ to care for the previously abused and neglected animals we adopt!)
Your attacks, and those of other Mindy galpals, do nothing to address the basic facts: Mindy hijacked the process, and imposed her personal agenda (and gee, it might get her some money from mandated excess shots and microcips) when the full task force rejected her agenda. She re-wrote history for her own agenda. So sorry if you do not like the word "agend" but it applies here. Who does she think she is? She does not rule the law of Cecil County, regardless of how much she and her pals try to bully everyone who loves and provides loving homes to animals.
And yes, we may do to provide loving care without putting money into Dr. Mindy's pockets!
First of all, the last time I checked, I am an American and will be friends, be pals, be enemies with whoever I want to! And no one will ever bully me or anyone I know! This is NOT about you or about me, this about the animals in Cecil County and my God have they suffered under the hands of the pathetic SPCA.

I did research on my own in 8 counties in Maryland that have local SPCA/Shelters/Animal Control/ etc....This is the ONLY county that will not change the laws written in the 70's, we do not have a proper spay and neuter program, we do not have a catch and release programs for feral cats, we do not have special adoption days for the animals at the SPCA, shall I go on???

Please TELL ME what YOU do with this money to care for neglected and abused animals?? Please tell me about the spay and neuter programs, the special adoptions days....OH WAIT

OH WAIT, I know!! You claim to rescue pure bred dogs and sell them for $500 a pop! WOW, you should get a frickin star!

So again, tell me how Dr Carleti is doing one thing wrong please?? I really want to know!!

Instead of talking about drinking Kool Aid - let's talk about the facts!!
Cecil SPCA hater

Elkton, MD

#15 Jun 28, 2011
When looking to adopt a new dog I took a look at several different SPCA's and humane societies. The Cecil County SPCA wasn't even on my list. They do nothing to make me want to adopt a dog or cat from their organization and they don't seem to care much about the animals in our county. When I was almost bit by a loose pit bull I called the Cecil County SPCA and reported it. They took my statement but never prosecuted the gentlemen that owned the dog even though there were two other dog bites on file from the same two dogs. After that, I refused to adopt any animal from the SPCA. I chose to drive almost 2 hours to West Chester, PA where I adopted two pit bulls from the Chester County SPCA. They both are two amazingly sweet and loving animals and are my children. Unlike the Cecil County SPCA and surrounding SPCA's, the Chester County SPCA doesn't put pit bulls down because of their breed. They instead make sure they are adoptable.

As far as everyone hating on Mindi, there is absolutely no need for it. She has a great heart for animals and personally has over 100 cats at her house that are all rescues looking for good "forever" homes. She also goes well above and beyond what a normal vet does. She has neutered and spayed my 14 cats and has even come to my house when I needed one of my cats looked at. She is an advocate for cats that cannot speak for themselves. Asking for this bill to be passed is such a good thing! There are soo many dogs and cats waiting for homes in this county that it is ridiculous! I myself have over 20 animals and all but 3 have been rescued from within this county. All I have to do is walk outside and I can see at least 10 cats in my neighborhood that no one takes care of or owns. There is a big problem with cats and stray dogs in this county.

Instead of adopting the "perfect" animal, consider adopting one that isn't so "perfect." They give you the MOST love in return. The ones that no one wants are the ones that give the most. I'd take an animal that was a "mut" any day over a purebred animal.

So, before you go criticizing anyone think about the animals out there that have no one. They just want a new home and want someone to love them unconditionally.
Animal advocate

Carlisle, PA

#16 Jul 8, 2011
Howard was asked to return to the task force and declined. Wonder why? This isn't about Dr. Carletti or the CC SPCA it's about protecting the animals and giving animal control officers laws that can actually be enforced. Have you ever seen a dog that was saved from a puppy mill? Any responsible dog owner or breeder should be supporting 209. Do you even know Dr. Carletti? Do you really think Dr. Carletti or any other vet in CC is going to get rich from doing microchips? Do you understand the purpose of the microchip?
animal owner

Baltimore, MD

#17 Jul 9, 2011
Animal advocate; Please explain the costs and benifits of microchipping and why government should mandate pets be microchipped
Animal Lover

Wilmington, DE

#18 Jul 9, 2011
I wasn't asked the question, Animal Advocate was, but I will answer the question. Chapter 209 only mandates that hobby dogs (ie hunting dogs) be microchipped. It does not mandate that any other animals or pets be microchipped. The reason why is because hunting dogs tend to turn up stray and in shelters in over whelming numbers, simply because they are loose hunting with their owner, and more apt to wander off. Microchipping them means a few things: 1. They get back to their owner. 2. Less TAX money any animal control facility has to use to house, feed, vet, and if no owner is found, adopt out. Microchips range anywhere from 20/pet to 70/pet, depending upon the company and added extras owners have the option of purchasing. Many counties also host microchipping clinics, similiar to Rabies clinics, where microchipping is as little as 10/pet. Its about responsibility and saving tax payers money.
Wrong again

Earleville, MD

#19 Jul 9, 2011
Animal advocate wrote:
Howard was asked to return to the task force and declined. Wonder why? This isn't about Dr. Carletti or the CC SPCA it's about protecting the animals and giving animal control officers laws that can actually be enforced. Have you ever seen a dog that was saved from a puppy mill? Any responsible dog owner or breeder should be supporting 209. Do you even know Dr. Carletti? Do you really think Dr. Carletti or any other vet in CC is going to get rich from doing microchips? Do you understand the purpose of the microchip?
Howard was a balanced, fair individual with strong leadership skills. Clearly he was fed up with the petty politics going on in this group.

It is not about no changes to the ordinance and a take it or leave it of the unilateral Carletti changes of the past few months. The version that was put out to hearing was a concensus document and the only real shouting was by Carletti who wanted a second bit at the apple to push through what Howard and others had not gone along with.

Fixing the zoning code--which is not in the animal ordinance-- to prevent breeding kennels from locating near homes was supposed to be done in the recent rezoning. That was an issue people raised at the Animal Ordinance hearing. The only other big issue was kennel sizes and configurations.

Instead of fixing that, this individual re-wrote things unilaterally. As now written it is totally unenforceabnle, unless the county is willing to spent a whole lot more money, which they are not. Are you going to have an animal control officer sit outside a yard with a stop watch to ensure the new proposal to ban tethering outside to no more than 12 hours a day is enforced?
Animal Advocate

Clementon, NJ

#20 Jul 25, 2011
You are right Howard is a balanced, fair individual with strong leadership skills. If Howard was still on the task force and this 209 was on the table then you would be bashing Howard. Stop bashing the task force and Dr. Carletti and provide reasonable working solutions to what you believe is wrong with the current re-write of 209.

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