Animal shelter permit ruling postponed

Posted 6/24/22

A Pendleton-area animal shelter will have to wait another month to learn the outcome of a permit request to continue operating at its current location.

No Time To Spare Animal Rescue, a nonprofit …

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Animal shelter permit ruling postponed

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A Pendleton-area animal shelter will have to wait another month to learn the outcome of a permit request to continue operating at its current location.

No Time To Spare Animal Rescue, a nonprofit located on Pendleton Lost Creek Road, is seeking a conditional use permit (CUP) for its operation, which takes in stray dogs and provides medical care while searching for families to adopt them. The shelter has been in operation without a permit since 2018, resulting in an unresolved misdemeanor charge against owner Carol Risley.

Attempting to resolve its legal issue, the shelter applied for a CUP this year and received a hearing in May before the Warren County planning and zoning board, a citizen board that adjudicates CUP decisions. Supporters of the shelter stated that No Time To Spare provides a valuable and badly needed service for a county without animal control, while nearby neighbors complained of excessive noise from barking, as well as potential safety risks from dogs getting loose.

A CUP is a type of permit that allows the county government to place personalized restrictions on a business in order to prevent potential disturbances to neighbors.

The planning board had intended to reconvene its discussion of the CUP application during a public meeting on June 16. However, staff at the county planning and zoning office said board members were delayed in reviewing the transcript of testimony from the May public hearing, and therefore were not prepared to discuss a ruling on the matter.

The discussion and potential ruling on a permit for No Time To Spare has now been set for the planning board’s public meeting on July 21.

No Time To Spare, Animal Rescue, Planning and Zoning, Warren County

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