The Sauk County Board Committee approved a conditional use permit for a Spring Green dog breeding kennel; dozens of dogs will be bred for medical research.
According to NbcNews, the facility has been approved to raise 135 large breed dogs despite the people who opposed the permit during two hours of public discussion. The permit was approved, despite evidence the owners, Jill and Clinton Kane, have 66 dogs at the site without proper paperwork in place to be operational. They were issued violations for not having the proper permits.
Animal advocates in the room referred to the business as no more than a puppy mill, citing the dogs will live short lives and killed at the end of the experiments they will all be subjected to during their lives.
In addition, there are no sewer or septic systems on the property at the present time and many people expressed their concerns over animal waste disposal and groundwater contamination. As a condition of the approval, the owners will have to install a sanitary system to treat and remove all waste.
The Baraboo News Republic reports citizens of the county questioned whether the county and the owners of the facility would carry through on the needed permits.
“There has also been a blatant disregard for the permit process by the Kanes; they have shown they are not concerned with the permit and the approval process,” one resident stated. “if the process of obtaining a permit and licenses cannot be done in the proper fashion, how can we be assured all rules and regulations will be followed in the future?”
Visitors will not be allowed on the site which has already created concerns for the welfare of the dogs. In the report, the dogs will be kept indoors, and there are no outside runs or exercise areas.
The town of Spring Green Board initially recommended approving the permit on June 6, but after heavy public outcry, on July 11, the board rescinded its recommendation to Sauk County. On Tuesday, plans were back on track for the facility’s approval.
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