Noble Co. Zoning Approves Dog Breeding Kennels

By Rachel Martin

January 3, 2013 Updated Jan 3, 2013 at 12:42 AM EDT

ALBION, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – The Noble County Board of Zoning Appeals approved dog breeding kennels at their meeting Wednesday night, making animal advocates concerned.

Still up and running. Two of six dog breeding kennels up for review Wednesday night were approved by the Noble County ZBA.

Despite concerns from animal advocates, the board approved the kennel operations saying the board’s concern is whether the breeders are following land use ordinances, not how they're running their operations.

Some ordinance regulations include noise levels, setback distances from other properties, fencing, and overall appearance.

Advocates say they’ve some of the kennels are breeding and housing anywhere from 14 to 200 dogs for wholesale operations. Although they're not thrilled with how some of the animals are being treated, advocates are concerned with how the kennels will impact their community.

“Taking care of that many animals is a public safety concern from a health standpoint. Proper septic systems, disease control, pest control--those are all things that can directly effect the quality of life here. The quality of care and the conditions these animals live in can directly affect property values,” said Lori Gagen, Executive Director of Black Pine Animal Sanctuary in Albion.

Gagen says some of the kennels approved were commercial operations, meaning they breed and sell large quantities of dogs to pet stores and retailers.

As of 10:30 Wednesday night, the ZBA was still discussing decisions on the other four kennel breeding operations. This story will be updated as more details become available.

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