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Dog kennel moratorium passes in Starkey

No new dog kennels will be permitted in the Town of Starkey until after town officials write new local regulations for the operation of such businesses within the town.

The town board enacted a moratorium on issuing permits for commercial dog kennels Feb. 8 after a public hearing during which several town residents and visitors offered their input. While a majority of those present felt a moratorium was not necessary, several others spoke out against the industry as a whole. Others specifically targeted existing kennel businesses, criticizing their operations.

An informal count resulted in 18 people opposing a moratorium and eight favoring it.

During the board’s deliberations, Supervisor George Lawson said he believes a moratorium isn’t necessary, that the town officials can work on updating laws without a moratorium. But in the end, he voted with Councilmen Fred Shoemaker and Jack Ossont to adopt the measure.

Ossont said, “We don’t have any codes that are up to date about composting, so it’s our responsibility to take a look at those regulations and bring them up to date.” He also said the town has the responsibility to respect the sentient beings that are treated as livestock.

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