Existing noise issues at a Bloomingdale-area kennel prompted Woolwich to suggest the owner choose between expansion or more sound-abatement measures.
Jaymie Crook of Country Paws Boarding wants to use a house on the 42-acre property to create a premium doggy spa for an additional 15 animals, expanding beyond the current 150-dog limit.
“It’s an opportunity to grow our business,” he told councillors meeting Tuesday night to consider the request, noting there’s a similar boutique setup at his London operation.
In business at the site since 2004, Country Paws employs 33 people. The new venture would add the equivalent of another four full-time jobs, he said.
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The application didn’t sit well with Ward 3 councillors Larry Shantz and Murray Martin, however.
Shantz stressed that the neighbours already have problems about the noise from kennel. Now, they’re concerned about the impact of an expansion, he said, suggesting the township leave the total at 150 dogs even with the new service.
Coun. Murray Martin, who voted against the original application back in 2004, shared those concerns.
“In my mind, 150 dogs is enough for one property.”
Arguing the neighbours would be happier with the elimination of noise rather than keeping the number at 150 dogs instead of 165, however, Coun. Mark Bauman suggested the applicant choose either the 150-animal limit or the installation of more noise-abatement measures such as fencing or berms.
With that choice set up, councillors approved the company’s application by a vote of 4-1. Shantz was the lone holdout, saying the plan offered no guarantee of improvement for the benefit of neighbours.
“I don’t think they should have to put up with the noise.”