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Anger as controversial Staffordshire dog farm is allowed to continue operating

Furious locals have lost their fight to shut down an ‘illegally built’ Staffordshire dog farm near their home.

Families living near Smithy Farm have raised concerns about barking dogs and pollution, as well as road safety issues.

But the owners were allowed to continue running their kennel business after changing plans so motorway bosses no longer objected.

The applicants had requested the maintenance of the use of part of the barnyard for breeding dogs with the maintenance of kennels and the construction of a whelping shed where the female dogs give birth.

The program also involved the construction of an acoustic fence to reduce noise at the Mill Lane site, Gratwich, near Uttoxeter.

The decision has angered Kingstone Parish Council, who say there is “overwhelming opposition” due to dog barking and soiling, BurtonLive reports.

He said “there would be constant barking at the site, which is not manned and monitored once a day by the breeder”.



The kennel drew criticism from neighbors

Eleven objections were submitted by residents.

An objector, Julia Owen, spoke at the virtual meeting and said the owners did not live on the site and were not there to care for the dogs.

She said: “The owner arrives on site at 4.30am which is unacceptable.

“The site is messy and does not correspond to the neighborhood.

“The kennels were built illegally, without any consultation

“This will only benefit one house and will not take into account the other 10 (nearby) houses.”

However, Jon Imber, acting on behalf of the plaintiffs, told the meeting that highways and environmental health raised no objections.

He added: “As far as noise goes, this is a very small business of five dogs and two litters a year. It’s a working farmyard and there will be some noise.

“Applicants want to move into the site quickly, so this will avoid early arrivals.”

The council’s planning officers, in recommending the plans for approval, said the application “would not be significantly detrimental to residential amenities in terms of dominating or overshadowing impacts”.

They added: “The project would not significantly impair the visual amenities of the locality as the buildings and associated fencing are of a size and appearance that could reasonably be part of a farm area in a locality. rural.”

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They also said the environmental health officer was satisfied that a ‘noise report and management plan’ showed the development ‘would not lead to a significant reduction in amenities for nearby residents due to noise disturbance “.

Councilor Greg Hall said at the meeting, “I hope the candidates maintain this site in a way that doesn’t disrupt everyone’s lives and prove the residents wrong.”

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Fury as controversial dog farm learns it can keep operating

Angry neighbors have lost their fight to shut down allegedly “illegally built” dog breeding kennels near their homes.

Residents near Smithy Farm are concerned about noise from barking dogs and pollution, as well as road safety issues.

However, after the owners’ plans changed, motorway bosses said they no longer opposed the project.

‘Mr and Mrs Emery’ have now received permission from the East Staffordshire Borough Council planning committee to continue their kennel business at Smithy Farm, Mill Lane, Gratwich, near Uttoxeter.

The applicants requested the maintenance of the use of part of the farmyard for the breeding of dogs, which includes the maintenance of kennels and the construction of a shed and a whelping store – where female dogs give birth – as well as an acoustic fence.

Those consulted by law – those who must be consulted on planning applications by law – raised no objections.

However, Kingstone Parish Council says there is overwhelming opposition in the community due to the impact of noise, dog soiling and “loss of amenity/enjoyment to local residents”.

He said “there would be constant barking at the site, which is not manned and monitored once a day by the breeder”.

The council also claims that dog fouling has increased in the area surrounding the property and has been linked to animal husbandry, as well as an increase in “antisocial hours” at which the owner tends to the animals.

Councilors do not believe the acoustic fence will make a difference to the noise level.

Eleven objections were submitted by residents on the grounds of noise, disturbance and pollution, road safety and drainage implications and animal welfare (including the impact of boundary fencing).

An objector, Julia Owen, spoke at the virtual meeting and said the owners did not live on site and were not on site to look after the dogs.



The kennel drew criticism from neighbors

She said: “The owner arrives on site at 4.30am which is unacceptable.

“The site is messy and does not correspond to the neighborhood.

“The kennels were built illegally, without any consultation

“This will only benefit one house and will not take into account the other 10 (nearby) houses.”

However, Jon Imber, acting on behalf of the plaintiffs, told the meeting that highways and environmental health raised no objections.

He added: “As far as noise goes, this is a very small business of five dogs and two litters a year. It’s a working farmyard and there will be some noise.

“Applicants want to move into the site quickly, so this will avoid early arrivals.”

The council’s planning officers, in recommending the plans for approval, said the application “would not be significantly detrimental to residential amenities in terms of dominating or overshadowing impacts”.

They added: “The project would not significantly impair the visual amenities of the locality as the buildings and associated fencing are of a size and appearance that could reasonably be part of a farm area in a locality. rural.”

They also said the environmental health officer was satisfied that a ‘noise report and management plan’ showed the development ‘would not result in a significant reduction in amenities for nearby residents due to noise disturbance “.

Councilor Greg Hall said at the meeting, “I hope the candidates maintain this site in a way that doesn’t disrupt everyone’s lives and prove the residents wrong.”

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Doncaster dog breeder mum and daughter win top prize at Crufts

A mother-daughter team of dog breeders from Doncaster have won a top prize at Crufts.

Joan Scarll and her daughter Sue Sykes earned the title of ultimate breeder by winning the Kennel Club breeders competition with their Lhasa Apsos dogs.

The team managed to beat 35 other breeders to win the competition on Friday March 6th.

Speaking of the win, Joan said: “For me it’s the best thing ever. These dogs have won 29 Challenge certificates between them and I am very proud of that.

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The best reserve breeder was awarded to Mrs. Kath Storey with her team of Pugs (breeding name Rhodenash).

Vanessa McAlpine, Crufts Show Manager, said: “We are very happy for Joan and Sue for their excellent achievement.

“Joan and Sue are very talented breeders who dedicate time and effort to developing good breeding practices to produce healthy, happy dogs for the show ring. Their dogs are a testament to their hard work and dedication. to race.”

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Council defends its record in tackling the illegal breeding of dogs and puppies

New dog breeding standards and stricter license conditions are being developed in Carmarthenshire to help regulate the growing industry.

The council also promotes a licensed breeding system and wants the public’s help in reporting unauthorized commercial breeding.

A report presented to the council’s environmental and public protection review committee said organized crime was involved in the sector nationwide.

At a meeting, councilors heard that dogs from Eastern Europe and Ireland had been transported to Carmarthenshire for sale.

Cllr Philip Hughes, executive board member for public protection, said it was an emotional issue that was flagged in a recent BBC Wales documentary.

“I think it’s fair to say that as an authority, we haven’t done particularly well in this program,” he said.

But he said he believed Carmarthenshire was the most proactive authority to deal with ever-growing dog licensing issues.

He added: “We are in the process of developing new trading standards and strengthening licensing conditions, and these will be presented in the coming weeks.”

Carmarthenshire has 85 licensed dog breeders, of which around 10 have over 100 dogs.

A council official told the meeting that another 43 illegal breeders had been identified recently, mostly by monitoring social media and some internet sales platforms.

Successful prosecutions have brought in £275,000 for the authority in the past two years alone through the Proceeds of Crime Act.



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The council has regulatory responsibility for licensing breeders who raise three or more litters in a 12 month period. It also licenses pet stores and dealers and investigates commercial breeding and pet store welfare issues.

Officers are giving advice to breeders – and have refused 23 licenses in 2019-20 so far, compared to nine refusals in 2018-19.

The committee was told that the legal process was slow, with court warrants needed to enter the property of someone who was not a licensed trader.

An officer said: “We have to be very sure before entering private property.

“We understand that there are private homes that are being used as breeding facilities, and we are taking active action.

“But the legal system is not a quick process.”

The officer also said council officials were meeting with the Welsh Government shortly to discuss the issues.

Welsh ministers are currently drafting legislation that would prohibit third parties such as pet shops or commercial dealers from selling puppies and kittens, unless they raise the animals themselves.

Carmarthenshire Council wants to focus its resources on illegal dog breeding, monitoring online activity and improving standards.

The review report said 18 breeders were eligible for its Certified Breeder Program, which would reassure buyers and boost the reputation of sellers.

Cllr Joseph Davies said if every buyer demanded to see a puppy with its mother, illegal breeding would be stamped out.

Cllr Hughes said: “We try to encourage breeders to join this ‘buy with confidence’ scheme.

“To get there, it’s a pretty rigid process. You have to have some checks done.”

He also said it’s frustrating that people who know about illegal farming don’t come forward to authorities.

Cllr Mansel Charles called for an investigative inquiry into the illegal breeding of dogs to be set up, but it was decided that a working committee and finishing group would be set up instead.

Committee chairman Cllr John James said the public had a role to play and added that many dog ​​breeders complied with the regulations.

Cllr Hughes said after the meeting that he didn’t think the documentary program portrayed Authority in a good light, given the work he was doing.

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