Old, disabled dogs face eviction as Charlotte rescue told it’s violating zoning law
The dogs are kept at a kennel at a home in Pineville that has been cited for a possible zoning violation.
“We were very recently made aware via a mailed notification that our current location may not be zoned for our rescue and the notification allows just 30 days to appeal,” Autumn Chandler, a Hope for All Dogs board member, told the Charlotte Observer.
Chandler, a 36-year-old registered nurse, is worried the dogs will end up in local shelters and face the possibility of being euthanized: “If the appeal is rejected, all animals will be removed from the property immediately by animal control and will face a certain death.”
The rescue, based at a home in the Old Whitehall neighborhood, received notice Dec. 4 that it must “cease and desist operating” within 30 days or face citations. While the rescue is a nonprofit organization, the city sees it as a commercial kennel, which zoning codes prohibit in residential neighborhoods.
While the group has been rescuing dogs for about five years, it was formally established this past summer, with a mission of sheltering and rehoming senior and special needs dogs of all breeds.
Many of the adoptable dogs can be viewed at www.hopeforalldogs.com. The organization holds monthly adoption events in several locations, including Blakeney Shopping Center.
Chandler said that if the zoning matter can’t be resolved, the group will try to adopt all of the dogs out quickly.
“We have worked so hard to rescue these sweet dogs. We cannot bear to stand by and watch them lose their lives because of this zoning issue,” she said. “I would like to make special plea to the Charlotte community that they consider adopting one of our very special animals. The love of a rescue is like no other.”
Posted by jwoestendiek December 21st, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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