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Old 01-05-2006, 11:26 PM
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Pit bull owners win fight for Noble breeding kennel
By Kara Hull
The Journal Gazette

ALBION – A Cromwell couple was given the green light Wednesday night to operate a breeding kennel, keeping as many as 22 American pit bull terriers on their property.

David and Theresa Gabet, 11591W Noble County Road 200 West, went before the county’s Board of Zoning Appeals to ask for a special exception to allow up to 39 dogs on their almost three-acre property and to allow the dogs to be kept closer to an adjoining property than what county ordinance states.

The Gabets currently have 22 pit bulls on their property that they use to breed and show in competitions, they said Wednesday night.

After almost an hour of comments from the Gabets and neighbors opposed to the kennel and discussion, board member Sam Buckles proposed dropping the number of allowed pit bulls down to the number the couple currently owns. Board President George Bennett cast the tie breaking 3-2 vote to allow the kennel.

The couple, however, was denied a variance to allow chain-link fence enclosures they use for the dogs to be built closer than the county’s required 250 feet from a neighbor’s property.

Neighbors like Dan and Julia Gibbons, who live down the road from the Gabets, cited safety, insurance liability, odor and the devaluing of property as concerns. The couple, who have lived near the Gabets since 2000, attended the meeting with their 3-year-old son Jack and 10-year-old daughter Josie in tow.

“I think liability is the biggest issue here,” Dan Gibbons told board members. “An imminent threat is a chance. Are we going to take that chance?”

Robert Kirsch, the Gabets lawyer, said the concerns neighbors expressed can’t be regulated by the board.

The Gabets – who have gotten kennel licenses from the Sparta Township trustee each year – didn’t know they were in violation of county ordinances until a neighbor filed a complaint about the number of animals on the property, Kirsch said, and they have taken the right steps to be compliant.

“These are all things that are not within the zoning ordinance that says what you can act upon,” he said.

The board’s ruling was disappointing, Dan Gibbons said after the special exception was granted. Gibbons put his head to his arm, resting against a door frame when he heard the 3-2 vote in favor of allowing the kennel.

“I gave it my best shot,” he said after the vote.
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Old 01-06-2006, 09:20 AM
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I sincerely hope that this is a reputable breeder and not a puppy mill. If neighbors were complaining about the odor and property value decline, it makes me wonder if they are keeping their kennel clean. If I had a neighbor who bred dogs and they didn't take enough care to at least make their place look and smell nice, I would probably go to the city council too.

As far as liability goes, I dont think it would be any worse with another breed of dogs. Did you guys hear about the police officer who was attacked by (I think) pomeranians? lol.

It is good to see a city smart enough to know that pit bulls didn't spawn from the devil.
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Old 01-06-2006, 11:07 AM
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I personally don't think they need that many dogs ....whatever the breed.
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Old 01-06-2006, 11:26 AM
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Probally not the type of perosn that should be representing the breed.
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Old 01-06-2006, 11:47 AM
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how do you properly care for and socialize THAT many dogs? Especially when APBTs need a lot of socialization? So, great they are competing and showing their dogs - but how the holy hell do you adequately socialize 22 - 39 dogs a day? Isn't the recommended socialization minimum at least 2 or 3 hours a day per dog?
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Old 01-06-2006, 03:30 PM
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That's why I thought it may be interesting ,with all this talk about BSL.Kinda shows their lack of progress, And that is good news.As for the smell,i suppose it may be part of their offensive strategy ,or perhaps over 20 dogs may tend to smell a bit no matter how much cleaning they may do.Anyway I hope they do the right thing.....
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I sincerely hope that this is a reputable breeder and not a puppy mill. If neighbors were complaining about the odor and property value decline, it makes me wonder if they are keeping their kennel clean. If I had a neighbor who bred dogs and they didn't take enough care to at least make their place look and smell nice, I would probably go to the city council too.

As far as liability goes, I dont think it would be any worse with another breed of dogs. Did you guys hear about the police officer who was attacked by (I think) pomeranians? lol.

It is good to see a city smart enough to know that pit bulls didn't spawn from the devil.
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Old 01-06-2006, 03:33 PM
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Sounds like a BYB to me...
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Old 01-06-2006, 03:39 PM
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Sounds like a puppy mill to me......
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Old 01-06-2006, 04:16 PM
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You would think some type of investigation would be done as to verify if it was some type of puppy mill ,before granting permission .......I sure would hope so..
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Old 01-06-2006, 04:38 PM
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That's what I was thinking... just too many to do it right !
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