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VULCAN — An appeals board upheld the Vulcan County Planning Commission’s June 21 decision to deny a man accused of animal cruelty’s application to operate a dog breeding and selling business near Milos.

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Tyler Marshall had requested to house up to 50 adult dogs and 50 puppies per week at the proposed site.

Over 200 letters were written opposing the request.

The appeal board’s decision cited significant differences between the original development permit application and the information that Marshall and his attorney submitted to the appeal board.

“Specifically, the Board was not (known) exactly how many dogs, of what age and what breed could reasonably be accommodated on the premises,” the appeal board wrote in its decision, signed by the president on Wednesday. Michael Monner, a Vulcan County Councilman.

“Similarly, it is not clear from the documents provided regarding site visits by veterinarians that the reports relate to the buildings specifically described in the application provided by Mr. Marshall.”

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Marshall admitted during the appeal hearing, held Aug. 2 at Vulcan Lodge Hall, that a “coat hanger-like steel building” described in a letter from a veterinarian was not actually on the property of the region of Milo on which he asked to run his business of breeding and selling dogs, wrote the appeal commission.

Instead, the structure was on another parcel and he intended to receive approval for this building as a kennel at a later date.

“This confirmed to the Board that there was a lack of clarity in the submitted documentation as to which facilities had been reviewed and/or complied with the Code requirements (of practice for Canadian canine operations), and in as such, the Board of Directors has determined that it is impossible to approve the requested development with the information provided,” the Board’s decision reads.

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Marshall has not submitted the relevant and detailed information necessary to determine the potential effects of the proposed development and, in the absence of evidence, the board has been unable to determine the suitability and compatibility of the use of the property with the uses of neighboring properties, wrote the appeal board.

Marshall had operated the kennel for several years at this location, and the issue was brought to Vulcan County’s attention when Ken Dean, director of Alberta SPCA animal care services, notified the county this spring. the seizure of dogs on the property.

In April, Alberta SPCA officers seized 204 animals, including 131 dogs, from a property in the Milo area and charged Marshall with causing or allowing an animal to be in distress and not failed to provide proper care to injured or sick animals, said SPCA spokesman Roland Lines. .

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Some of the dogs taken to the Calgary Humane Society developed parvo – two were put down, he said. The Calgary Humane Society has temporarily closed parts of its operations due to dogs developing the virus, and affected areas have been disinfected.

A total of 67 dogs previously owned by Marshall became the property of the Calgary Humane Society, and 62 became the property of the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society, Lines said.

Marshall is next due to appear Aug. 28 in Lethbridge Provincial Court on the animal welfare charges.

The Vulcan County resident is also scheduled to appear in Okotoks Provincial Court on September 11, when he is due to appear on charges identical to those he had when he owned a pet store in Okotoks called Animal House, which has closed its doors in February.

Marshall could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday.

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