Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Fayette County Animal Rescue Will Remain Open

Posted By on Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 4:00 AM

After months of fighting with neighbors and Fayette County Commissioners over zoning issues, Fayette County's only no-kill animal shelter will be rezoned allowing them to remain open.

In May, Fayette County's zoning board of appeals accused Fayette County Animal Rescue (FCAR) of operating illegally in a residential area. Although FCAR had been operating at that location for 10 years, it was forced to suspend operations. The board ruled that FCAR had until September to shut down or find a new home for its cages and 40 or so dogs.

But last night, the Fayette County Commission voted 13-6 to allow the facility to be rezoned so it can remain open. The commission's vote supersedes the zoning board’s vote.

FCAR first came to the zoning board's attention after a handful of neighbors began complaining about dog’s barking. In response to residents' concerns, FCAR erected privacy fencing, planted over $1,500 in shrubbery to act as a sound buffer, and purchased bark collars for the dogs.

For more on the situation, see this Bianca Phillips' story.

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