Dog breeding

Spring Green Dog Breeding Site Could Face Another Hurdle | local government

The City of Spring Green is considering reviewing its recommendation to approve a dog breeding site that would sell the animals to medical researchers.

The council decided on Tuesday evening to hold a special meeting next week where it will reconsider the decision, after council members received complaints from the public about the environmental impacts and ethics associated with farming, said City Clerk Vicki Terpstra.

On May 14, the city’s planning committee agreed to recommend a permit allowing Jill and Clinton Kane to operate a business that would breed and sell dogs for medical research. Sauk County ultimately has jurisdiction over the zoning of the city.

The backlash against the company began last week when residents and activists attended a meeting in the village of Spring Green to protest the approval. Village board members said they were surprised to hear the purpose of the facility, as the request did not require the Kanes to say what they intended to do with the dogs.

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The special town hall is scheduled for July 11 at 7 p.m. at Spring Green Town Hall.

The Village of Spring Green, which shares jurisdiction over one of the facilities, will decide whether to approve the permit for that facility on July 17.