Area animal advocates are calling for change after news of a possible dog breeding in the Spring Green area was announced.
NBC15 News has received calls, emails and social media posts from viewers concerned about the installation. Our teams worked to find out what exactly dog ââbreeding involves and how the area could be affected.
âDogs are pets. Most people don’t want to see experienced dogs, âsays Rebekah Klemm, dog advocate and founder of the Dane4Dogs organization. “These dogs are only being bred for profit. No, they’re not going to loving families, they’re not going to great homes. They’re going to be experienced.”
The Kane family, who have asked to open the dog breeding facility, released a statement on July 1 in response to concerns from some members of the community.
The Kane family also said in the statement that they maintain rigorous animal care practices and standards, saying that “our animal welfare facilities and practices have been inspected by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). standards set out in the Animal Welfare Act.
The ball started at a meeting of the Town of Spring Green Plan Commission on May 14, when the board of directors approved a permit for “the establishment of a kennel in a farm building.” Klemm says the article was misleading and that some are working to revoke this passage.
âCity council members who approved this conditional use permit told us they didn’t know they were approving a research puppy mill. They thought it was a dog kennel, âKlemm explains.
The process was accelerated at a meeting of the Spring Village Green Plan Commission and the Joint Extraterritorial Zoning Committee on June 19. It was at this point that the family requested “a commercial kennel and boarding for dogs”.
Committee chair Joel Marcus said he thought the item was “routine” for a family hoping to raise puppies. He told NBC15 News he was “blinded” when he said he was told the family were asking to raise puppies on their property and ultimately move them to a larger medical testing center.
The article was not accepted by the Village of Spring Green board of directors last week. It was postponed to a next meeting, set for July 17. Board members say they need more time to research the regulations and legalities.
Marcus told our crews over the phone: âWe discussed in depth [the item]. We weren’t comfortable with the rules and procedures, and needed more time.
âIn the case of a research puppy mill, you’re talking about dogs that literally never go out for what they’ll call ‘biosecurity reasons’. “It’s because they say these dogs can’t come out because they’ll be sold for research.”
Prospective dog breeders are seeking approval from the Town of Spring Green and the Village of Spring Green for two separate properties.
If the article passes the Spring Village Green Plan Commission and the Joint Offshore Zoning Committee next month, it will still need the green light from the Sauk County Land Resources and Environment Board. The next meeting is set for July 23.
NBC15 News has contacted people who want to start the installation by phone, online and knocking on their door. So far, the family has not responded.