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An application to build an $825,000 dog breeding facility in Mountain View County was withdrawn on Monday.
The development proposal to construct a kennel and dog breeding facility in Carstairs, Alberta. was submitted in late May by Joy Unleashed Ltd.
According to the proposal, the company wanted to create a commercial kennel specializing in “ethical breeding dogs” under 20 pounds, specifically bichon shih tzu crosses.
The county conditionally approved the proposal, which granted the company permission to have 24 litters of puppies per year and to house up to 55 dogs for breeding at any one time.
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BARCS, a dog advocacy and rescue group based in Cremona, Alta., then filed an appeal hours before the deadline last Thursday afternoon.
The group expressed concern about space for the number of dogs offered on the property. She was also concerned about the practices and experience of the breeder.
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An appeal hearing originally scheduled for Tuesday was canceled because the candidates withdrew their applications, the county said in an email Monday.
“With the withdrawal of the application, the conditional approval granted by the Municipal Planning Commission at the July 7, 2022 MPC meeting is considered null and void,” the county wrote in a news release.
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Amanda Thompson, social media and fundraising coordinator for BARCS, said the withdrawal of the request is a victory for the advocacy and welfare of dogs in Mountain View County.
“For a lot of people who have followed, we definitely (treat) this as a win, but we know the contestant currently has a different setup that they’re currently trying to get cleared as well,” Thompson said.
Thompson said BARCS is still monitoring similar apps. An application for BabyBarks Kennel, an “ethically run” dog breeding facility that also wants to breed dogs under 20 pounds in the same area, was filed with Mountain View County last Monday by Greg and Karen Miller.
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Thompson also urged Mountain View County officials to listen to community members and pay attention to anomalies when these types of requests are filed.
“There were a few red flags that we were looking at such as the size of the facility and the number of dogs they were offering to have in the facility. They also wanted to have 28 breeding females and 28 breeding males and some red flags popped up there,” Thompson said.
“I just hope (Mountain View County) takes a look and sees what the thoughts of the community are. This specific app and our involvement has gotten a lot of attention, so hopefully they can see a few more red flags when reviewing these apps.
“This whole process is from a dog advocacy perspective. We want the welfare of dogs, cats and everything. We understand that there is a time and a place for a breeder and we understand everything at do.
770 CHQR contacted Joy Unleashed Ltd. but did not receive a response in time for publication. The story will be updated if one is received.
— With files from Jayme Doll, Global News
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