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Fauquier town planning commissioners approve relaxation of regulations on small dog farms

Members of the Fauquier County Planning Commission stand in front of the Warren Green Building.

By James Jarvis
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Fauquier residents who only breed dogs once a year may soon be allowed to apply to have a small kennel without getting county zoning approval.

During a public hearing on Thursday, the Fauquier planning commission unanimously approved an amendment to the text exempting small breeders from acquiring a special or exceptional permit if they do not raise more than one animal. company once a year. The amendment would also allow breeders to establish a “minor kennel” – allowing up to four litters per calendar year.

The commissioners drafted the new amendment in January after breeders approached the county and expressed concern about bureaucracy that would prevent them from raising small litters as a hobby.

During the public hearing, Marshall District resident David Golden said his family was interested in breeding purebred Canaan dogs, a rare breed of dog that originated in the Middle East, which he said , is not only important to his family, but would help prevent the breed from going extinct.

“Our Canaan dogs have always been the most important thing in the world,” he said. “They are precious members of our family.”

Golden also noted that small hobby breeders like him are responsible and contribute to the wider community by “doing things like donating the services of their therapy dogs to county schools and hospitals.”

The proposed amendment will then be voted on by the county board of supervisors.

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