Animal shelter ruling set for next week

Adam Rollins, Staff Writer
Posted 7/15/22

Operators of a Pendleton-area animal shelter are expected to get answers next week about what conditions are placed on the continued operation of the shelter.

No Time To Spare Animal Rescue, a …

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Animal shelter ruling set for next week

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Operators of a Pendleton-area animal shelter are expected to get answers next week about what conditions are placed on the continued operation of the shelter.

No Time To Spare Animal Rescue, a nonprofit located on Pendleton Lost Creek Road, has been waiting since a May public hearing to receive a conditional use permit (CUP) from the Warren County planning and zoning board. The CUP is a type of operating permit that may come with unique restrictions set by the planning board.

A ruling on the shelter’s CUP application is set to be debated, and potentially approved, next week at the board’s July 21 monthly meeting. During the meeting, board members will introduce and vote on any potential restrictions they want to place on a permit, if they choose to issue one.

The meeting will be open for members of the public to observe, but no further public comments will be accepted on this issue, which received multiple hours of public commentary in May.

No Time To Spare is in the rare and legally precarious position of being in active operation without a required CUP. The shelter was opened in January 2018, and continued to stay open after a 2019 warning from the county government about operating without a required permit. In early 2020, owner Carol Risley was charged with an as-yet unresolved misdemeanor criminal case for violating county ordinance. The shelter submitted a CUP application earlier this year.

Nearby residents in the area around the animal shelter have complained that the dogs there create significant noise and are a potential health and safety risk if not managed correctly. They’ve asked the planning board to put new restrictions on the shelter or reject the CUP altogether.

What conditions, if any, the board decides to enact should be decided on July 21.

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

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