An appeal date is being set in Mountain View County after citizens raised concerns about a proposed $825,000 dog breeding facility 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.
The proposal was approved by the county, giving the company permission to have one litter of 24 puppies per year and house up to 55 dogs for breeding at one 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 stuff.”
BARCS filed an appeal Thursday afternoon hours before the deadline, concerned about space for the number of proposed dogs on the property, the breeder’s experience and practices. You are not alone.
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“To keep the noise down, they stated that they would put 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 the Pause 4 Change rescue foundation.
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Global News spoke to the kennel owner late Thursday, who said he has over a decade of experience and strongly disagrees 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 they have a sizeable budget for the project because they want to build a top-notch, immaculate facility with lots of outdoor space and 24-hour care. They also promise a better experience for potential adopters and a more rigorous adoption process.
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Mountain View County’s Reeve said it’s important for people to understand the process.
“We’ve taken a lot of calls about this,” Reeve Angela Aalbers said. “I think there’s just general concern about what the development entails and not enough knowledge of what the development entails.”
The district administration will now examine the complaint and select a committee.
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