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Animal Matters Board
The Animal Matters Board only meets when it is necessary for petitions to be mediated and written recommendations need to be presented to the Chief of Police and animal review official. | View Agendas and Minutes


  • Karen Becker, Chair
    Term Expires: February 1, 2019
  • Monica Beller
    Term Expires: September 1, 2018
  • Samantha Shyam 
    Term Expires: October 1, 2019
  • Alison Putnam, Alternate
    Term Expires: February 1, 2019
  • Megan ConwayAlternate
    Term Expires: October 1, 2019

About the Board
The Board consists of three members appointed by the Mayor and Council, one of whom shall be appointed chairperson by the Mayor, subject to the confirmation by the Council. In addition, there are two alternate members who are empowered to sit on the Board in the absence of any member or members of the Board. The Chairperson shall designate which alternate member shall sit on the Board if only one member of the Board is absent. In the absence of the alternate or both alternates, the Council may designate a temporary alternate. Members serve for three years, or until a successor takes office. At least one member shall be a veterinarian or shall have training and/or experience in the proper training and care of animals. The Board mediates petitions; provides written recommendations to the Chief of Police and animal review official as requested; provides education and counseling on responsible ownership, maintenance and treatment of animals; and provides advice and recommendations to the Mayor and Council on matters related to the care, training, maintenance and regulation of animals within the City. (Chapter 3, Rockville City Code).

Staff Liaison
Lt. Brian Paul | Email
Rockville City Police Dept.
2 W. Montgomery Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850
Ph: 240-314-8967