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SAUK COUNTY (WKOW) — After more than three hours of debate and public comment, a Sauk County committee has approved a conditional use permit for a controversial facility that breeds dogs for medical research.
The motion was passed unanimously by the land resources and environment committee.
Several people opposed to the installation shouted at board members as they voted.
“You should be ashamed,” a woman shouted as she stormed out of the meeting room.
Residents Jill and Clinton Kane have sought approval for their kennel project they hope to bring to the area. The dogs will be used for medical research, according to the Kanes.
A vote on Tuesday approved a conditional use permit for a larger facility in the town of Spring Green where dogs will be raised after being weaned from their mothers.
In order to operate, Jill and Clinton Kane must follow the guidelines of the Land Resources & Environmental Committee standards. Some include, leaving no dogs outside, installing on-site supervision, and proper disposal of pet waste.
“My medical background and his (Clinton) environmental background are a good team to do that,” Jill Kane said. “I understand the concerns and encourage people to educate themselves on the subject.”
Those who live near the facility have expressed concerns about potential odors and groundwater contamination from the building. The Kanes are allowed to house up to 135 dogs.
“Do you want to be known as the county that approved a puppy mill or do you want to be known as the community that took a stand and said no,” said Spring Green resident Leah Schulter.
The permit was first approved in June, but at a July 11 meeting to review that approval, the Spring Green Town Board of Directors voted 2 to 1 to rescind their recommendation.
A business permit allowing the Kanes to use their home in the village of Spring Green to raise the dogs was denied earlier this month by the Spring Green Plan Commission.
Board Chairman Kevin Lins told 27 News in early July that ultimately it’s up to Sauk County to make the licensing decision, but due to an order, the installation must be approved, regardless of their decision.
“Even if the majority would overrule the recommendation for the conditional use license, at the county level they will be briefed by law firm staff and counsel on what they are required to do by law,” Lins said. .
Watch the full hearing below.