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Spring Green Considering Approval of Dog Breeding Facility for Medical Research | News

SPRING GREEN (WKOW) — The Village of Spring Green Plan Commission was caught off guard at its June 19 meeting when residents Jill and Clint Kane sought approval for a plan for a kennel they hoped to bring to the region.

“The documents asked for a description of how they would use the property,” said Joel Marcus, chairman of the Plan Commission. “Nowhere did they mention that they would breed dogs for medical research.”

They were asked to approve one of the two sites, the Kane house just outside the village boundaries.

In this house, they prepared the newborn puppies to be moved to a larger space in Spring Green Township where they would be raised.

This facility already has approval from the City of Spring Green.

Planning Commission member Fred Iausly said they legally had to make their decision based solely on whether it met the criteria for the conditional use permit application and nothing subjective.

The Kanes say the dogs will stay with other members of their litter, in runs, not cages, and play with them every day.

Marcus says managers hear what people are saying.

“The community is overwhelmingly opposed to the kennel,” he said.

In fact, a petition to stop him from coming to the area had garnered nearly 15,000 signatures by Thursday afternoon.

In the petition, the organizers claim that “the proposed creation of these unethical and inhumane facilities is in direct conflict with who we are as a community.”

Most of the Kanes’ neighbors are also opposed to the establishment for more than just ethical reasons, with the exception of the Leafs, who have known the Kanes for over 5 years.

“I trust their judgment and they should be allowed to do what they’ve been trained to do and what they’ve had a lot of education to do in the right way,” Carl Leaf said.

In a statement, the Kanes say Jill has been a veterinarian for 21 years and Clint has a master’s degree in animal science and has worked with animals for years.

“We believe we are uniquely qualified to provide the best care for these animals who play such an important role in saving the lives of the people you love,” the statement read.

Marcus says council is studying the matter and will be ready to make a decision when he returns to the commission on July 17.

“We will have to make this decision based on the facts and the rule of law,” Marcus said, echoing the reasoning behind the city’s decision.

The Kanes already operate a breeding facility in another part of Sauk County.

They will not do the medical research themselves.

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