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May 20, 2014

Hairy Paws resort rejected by Moore city council

MOORE — Chuck and Wendy Trussell Musgrove want to build a pet resort at 1705 N. Bryant Ave. On Monday night, supporters of the proposed Hairy Paw Inn filled the Moore City Council meeting.

However, it wasn’t enough. Council members denied the special permission zoning request. Because of the level of protest by neighbors, the motion needed to pass by a super majority.

The zoning was rejected in a 5-2 vote, with Scott Singer and David Roberts voting for the measure.

Nearby neighbors voiced protests against the zoning request for special permission to allow the new kennel on a site adjacent to an old kennel that has seen better days. While the business has continued over a period of time, the old kennel was damaged in last year’s May 31 storm, making the building all but unusable, Wendy Musgrove said.

The owners wanted to raze the old building and move operations to the new facility. The old kennel housed up to 60 dogs. The proposed kennel would have served 35 to 40 dogs, with no dogs allowed outside after 8 p.m. The owners live nearby.

“In this case, it’s difficult to resolve an issue when there’s just a feeling against, but my client is flexible,” attorney Dennis R. Box said on behalf of the applicant. “We’ll make sure there are no noise issues. Along the frontage, we’re going to put a berm and vegetation.”

Special fencing, called acoustifence, was proposed in addition to vegetative barriers. Acoustifence is a sound barrier material and has been used on a dog park in West Palm Beach, Fla.

“We are trying to make a better situation than exists today, and the situation that exists today has not had a problem,” Box said.

Neighbors haven’t filed complaints against the current facility.

“Chuck and I have been involved in dogs since 1986,” Wendy Musgrove said. “We’ve been active members of the kennel club.”

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