Starkey ponders stay on kennels
The Town of Starkey will hold a public hearing for a moratorium on permitting commercial dog kennels so its planning board can write a new zoning law.
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.
The board will have the town’s attorney review the proposed moratorium, provided to the town by Chana Lask, a New York City attorney who became involved with efforts to oppose commercial breeding kennels in Barrington in November.
Karen Doucette, a veterinarian who lives in the neighboring town of Wayne, told the Starkey board members she would help the town gather information that can be used in writing a new town law outlining conditions for the operation of kennels in the town, and she described the poor condition of animals she’s encountered from large kennels.
Commercial dog breeding facilities, which are regulated by either the New York State Department of Agriculture and Marketing or the U.S. Department of Agriculture, depending on their size and the type of sales that originate from the kennel, have been criticized for poor care of animals. Some town officials have visited kennels that are seeking local special use permits for their operations.
A moratorium will give the town’s planning board time to write a new law setting local regulations for the operation of commercial dog kennels in Starkey. If such a law is adopted, it will be the first in Yates County.By Gwen Chamberlain
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