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An appeal date is being set in Mountain View County after citizens raised concerns about an $825,000 dog breeding project north of Calgary.
The development proposal was submitted in late May, with the developer writing that it wanted to build a “commercial kennel specializing in the ethical breeding of dogs under 20 pounds, with 35 dogs on site.”
“Our goal is an exceptional environment to provide a great experience for our dogs and to make our neighbors very happy, and both are achievable,” the company said in the proposal.
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The proposal was approved by the county, allowing the company to have a litter of 24 puppies per year and house up to 55 dogs for breeding at a time.
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The project has outraged some dog rescue groups.
“It was a bit of a shock when we first learned that something like this was even considered developed,” said Amanada Thomson of BARCS Rescue in Cremona, Alta. “Especially in today’s world with overcrowded shelters and all that.”
BARCS filed an appeal Thursday afternoon hours before the deadline, concerned about space for the number of dogs offered on the property, and the breeder’s experience and practices. You’re not alone.
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“To reduce noise, they said they would put anti-bark collars on all dogs on the property, and dog collars are a very red flag for a positive reinforcement organization like this,” said Albert Yau, director of rescue Pause 4 Change. foundation.
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Global News spoke to the owner of the kennel on Thursday evening, who said he had more than a decade of experience and strongly disagreed with the proposal to build a so-called “puppy mill”. “.
They hope to breed Shichon, a mix of Shih Tzu and Bichon Frize dog breeds. According to the breeder, they are considered hypoallergenic and ideal for people with disabilities.
The kennel owner said he had a big budget for the project because he wanted to build a top-notch, immaculate facility with plenty of outdoor space and round-the-clock care. They also promise a better experience for kennels. potential adopters and a more rigorous adoption process.
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The Mountain View County warden said it’s important people understand the process.
“We took a lot of calls about it,” said prefect Angela Aalbers. “I think there’s just a general concern about what development entails and not enough knowledge about what development entails.”
The district administration will now review the complaint and select a committee.
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