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May 6, 2014

Moore residents protest 1 zoning request, approve another

MOORE — Two zoning requests to allow for dog kennels in Moore received different public responses Monday night at the Moore City Council meeting.

A request for a special use permit at 1705 N. Bryant for a doggie daycare drew strong protest from neighbors.

Applicant Judith Trussell asked for rezoning from A-1 to A-2 with permissive use for sales and services for a kennel. The applicant wants to remodel the existing home to serve as a doggie daycare and boarding facility.

Nineteen residents signed a protest, and several voiced concerns about how disruptive barking will be to neighbors.

“This is a 24-seven operation and it is a commercial business,” resident Don Turner said. “No one in this neighborhood wants this kennel.”

Turner said the kennel has the potential to be a constant nuisance.

A kennel for show dogs was previously operated on the property and was “grandfathered in,” residents said. Trussell said the business was purchased in 2010 and has been in continuous operation.

The original kennel was built in the 1970s and has regularly housed more than 60 dogs. Last year’s May 31 storm made the old building unusable.

If approved by the Moore City Council, the old boarding kennel would be removed and the adjacent house would be converted to doggie suites.

“This is more of an upscale, resort-style facility,” Trussell said.

Trussell met with the neighbors to hear their concerns, but no agreement was reached. The item was tabled until the May 19 meeting.

However, another dog kennel application was approved without protest. Jacob Boyer asked for special permission for animal use boarding with outside runs in conjunction with the veterinary services for property north of Southwest Fourth Street and east of Santa Fe Avenue.

The property operated as a daycare until it was cleared for redevelopment in 2013. Dr. Boyer said he will run the veterinary clinic with his brother and father. All three are veterinarians.

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