The town of Starkey has set a hearing for public comments about a moratorium on issuing permits for commercial dog breeding kennels in the town. The hearing will be held Jan. 4 in the town hall on Seneca Street in Dundee.
“The truth is, a person should be able to have a kennel — a good kennel. That’s what the moratorium is about,” said Councilman Fred Shoemaker, who says he visited a Starkey kennel before a local permit was issued and felt it was acceptable.
Local veterinarian Susan Collins said all the other kennels in this area are better than that one, and she encourages town officials to visit the businesses in Starkey.
Collins said she has been in several in the town, commenting, “They are nothing like the ‘puppy mills’.”
Just a few days after officials in neighboring Barrington heard strong opposition from residents and others who are concerned about the number of dog kennels in Yates County, the Starkey Town Board heard a presentation by attorney Susan Chana Lask, and others who oppose large scale dog breeding operations, calling them “puppy mills.”