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A Puppy Pickle

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January 05, 2018

A number of Tatura residents and state animal activists have shared their concerns about a proposal to expand a dog boarding and animal breeding facility in the town.

A number of Tatura residents and state animal activists have shared their concerns about a proposal to expand a dog boarding and animal breeding facility in the town.

Residents fear a local government application to increase the capacity to a 100-dog facility could cause issues around noise, waste and the devaluing of nearby properties.

The facility is linked to former political candidate Ashley Fenn.

A number of residents said they already had concerns about the number of dogs being housed at the Stewart Rd property.

Plans before the Greater Shepparton City Council include 100 5mx2m kennels, with a 22mx2m play area, and room for staff and public parking.

Outlined in a letter to the council are also plans for waste management and noise emission.

But the residents said the proposal was an affront to locals and called on the council to ditch the proposal.

‘‘The noise coming from there is already loud enough, so it’s quite horrendous already,’’ one resident said.

Last month, a law banning puppy farming passed through Victorian parliament, and the number of dogs that breeders are allowed to keep will be limited.

The new laws also mean that pet shops will no longer be allowed to sell puppies.

From April 2020, breeders will only be allowed to keep a maximum of 50 fertile female dogs, and those with more than 10 will have to seek ministerial approval and be subject to stricter regulations.

Founder of welfare group Oscar’s Law, Debra Tranter, who also sent in an objection, called for the proposal for the expansion of the Tatura facility to be scrapped.

Mr Fenn, a former Family First candidate, bought the property last year.

He told The News Tatura man Benji Geerling ran the business and that he was not linked directly to the business.

In response to backlash surrounding the proposal, Mr Fenn said all state and local legislation would be complied with and that he believed the operation would only partly be used for dog breeding.

Mr Fenn said he was supporting the business because he believed it would be a positive investment for the area, and would employ six people as part of a $1million investment.

‘‘The focus is about offering a kennel service to local residents, as well as continue to act as a breeding operation,’’ he said.

‘‘The plan would give us a maximum of 100 kennels, we plan to keep between one and 50 dogs there, but we also want the opportunity to grow if the demand is there.’’

Greater Shepparton City Council declined to comment.

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