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Proposed Dog Breeding Facility for Medical Research Draws Backlash in Spring Green | local government

SPRING GREEN – A proposal to allow a company to breed dogs for medical research here has sparked a public backlash.

A decision on the proposal to operate two dog-breeding facilities that would house 100-200 dogs at a time and eventually sell the animals for medical research has been delayed by the Spring Green Plan Commission and Joint Zoning Committee offshore for further consideration last week. after worried residents protested at a hearing.

They expressed concerns about the environmental impacts of the facility, as well as concerns about the use of dogs for lab testing.

Clinton and Jill Kane applied on May 22 to use two different properties for the purposes of “commercial kennels, dog boarding, training and grooming.” The application did not require them to declare who they would sell the dogs to, but did state that the Kanes had a Class A dog breeder’s license with the USDA, which allowed them to sell 25 or more dogs per year. .

Residents and village officials who were at last week’s meeting said they felt taken aback when attendees told committee members that the dogs would be bred with the intention of being sold for sale. medical research.

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“It looked like a small-scale pet-raising operation,” Planning Commission Chairman Joel Marcus said in an interview with the State Journal.

Marcus and other village officials were unaware of the research objectives until residents brought the information to the meeting, according to village clerk Wendy Crary, who also attended.

“Without people showing up, I don’t know if we would have ever known,” Crary said.

The Kanes confirmed the facility’s intention to breed dogs for medical purposes at the meeting after concerns were raised. Committee members voted unanimously to revisit the issue on July 17.

Spring Green residents and animal activists protested a potential dog breeding company that would sell the animals to medical researchers during a joint committee meeting at town hall on June 19. The decision on the request has been tabled until next month’s meeting.


It’s unclear what type of test would be performed on the dogs after they were sold, but Kanes’ attorney Michael Curran said in an interview that the dogs would be “coonhounds bred for this purpose.” He said any dogs that would be bred and bred at the facilities are meant to be sold to research institutes.

“This is not a facility to create pets,” Curran said. “That’s not the primary purpose of the company.”

Approval of the two facilities will have to go through several routes as they are each located in several zoning municipalities. The largest boarding school, which would be located on Big Hollow Road, would be in the town of Spring Green. Sauk County Land Resources and Environment Committee approval would be required.

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The Spring Green Town Board of Directors already voted on May 14 to recommend approval for the facility. The department will make a decision on July 23.

The smaller proposed facility, which is also the residence of the Kanes, would be in an area overseen by both the Village and the City of Spring Green. The joint committee oversees zoning in the area. The committee is made up of three members from each municipality.

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Colleen Whaley, who lives about a mile from the Kane home that would house the smaller facility, said she attended last week’s meeting to oppose the operation due to environmental concerns, such as as noise, odors and the issue of animal waste disposal. She said about 20 protesters gathered outside the Spring Green village hall.

“There was no one but (the Kanes) and their lawyer who was in favor,” Whaley said.

An online petition has been launched to urge the committee to vote against the request. As of Wednesday, it had nearly 5,000 signatures.

Last fall, voters in Mount Horeb, a village about 30 miles southeast of Spring Green, rejected a referendum that would have designated places that breed, sell or use dogs or cats in scientific research. as a public nuisance. Animal rights activists had been pushing to pass the measure after discovering a beagle breeding facility in the area, but it failed with just 41% support.

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