Are you upset about the unwanted research puppy mill attempting to move into Spring Green? 

  • Attend the meetings:
    • July 17, Plan Commission and JEZC at 7:30pm at the Spring Green Library, 230 E Monroe St.  It will be a packed house and non-residents should refrain from speaking to ensure residents’ concerns are heard.  Have something you absolutely have to say?  Write a letter to the editor!
    • July 23, Sauk County Land Resources and Environment Committee at 9am at the Sauk County Boardroom, 505 Broadway St, Baraboo, WI
  • Write a letter to the editor.  Anyone can do this, it’s easy!  Simply type up a paragraph or two and email it to your local papers.
  • Put up a yard sign.  Contact info@dane4dogs.org if you want a yard sign!  Distribution is available in Spring Green, Baraboo, Madison, and nearby areas.
  • Contact your legislators.  Click here to enter your address and search for your County Supervisor.  Contact them and tell them you want them to pass legislation banning research puppy mills.  Invite them to contact Dane4Dogs for help with drafting legislation. 
  • Volunteer.  Volunteers will be going door to door in Spring Green, informing neighbors of what is happening and gathering signatures for a petition in support of an ordinance banning research dog facilities.  New volunteers will be paired up with more experienced volunteers, and no one will go alone.  You’ll learn a lot, meet some nice people, and make a real difference.  Join us!
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What is all this about?

Jill Janssen Kane and Clint Kane own a house in Spring Green and they rent a property approx. 3 miles away that is a former veal barn on Big Hollow Road.  They are applying for permits to house large numbers of dogs that will be bred and sold for experimentation.

Growing Barn
The applicants stated that they would house approx. 150 hounds (starting number) at the Big Hollow Property – this would be the “growing” facility and pups would be brought to facility around 7-8 weeks old and separated from the mothers who would be re-bred. The applicants initially told the board they would have 150 dogs, but at the village meeting on Jun 19, their lawyer said the number would grow and they could potentially be looking at up to 1000 dogs. Dogs will not be allowed outside at anytime.

Whelping Garage
They would like to whelp the puppies in their residence garage. Per their lawyer, they would be looking to house approximately 6 hounds in the garage to whelp puppies.  They are expecting litters of approximately 8 puppies per mother, so up to 48 puppies plus the 6 mothers, for a total of 54 dogs in the garage. 

  • Mothers would be transported from Big Hollow Facility about 1-2 weeks before whelp date where she would stay with her puppies until they were 7-8 weeks of age.
  • The mother and pups would then be taken back to the Big Hollow location and separated from each other.
  • The mother would be re-bred and her spot in the whelping garage at the residence would be taken by another female close to whelping.
  • Neighbors attending the meeting mentioned that there has been an increase in barking from the applicant’s property. The applicants were asked if they had started their breeding operations and they responded yes. They currently have 2 hounds that have whelped with their puppies at their residence.

Prior to the May 19 meeting the board was not aware of the intent of this operation. They thought it was for an application to have a dog daycare facility, boarding facility. The permit they applied for is for commercial use. This is the same permit that dog groomers and dog daycares use. Citizens mentioned they were also not given the full details on this operation.

Background

July 11th: Spring Green Special Town Board Meeting

  • Business Items: Discussion/possible action to reconsider decision to recommend approval of a conditional use permit for a dog kennel
  • Discussion: Motion from Radel to rescind prior recommendation to approve the permit, seconded by Carmody.  Motion passed.

July 10th: Spring Green Village Board Meeting

  • Business Items: Discussion and possible action regarding request from citizens for amendment of Village of Spring Green Code of Ordinance 278-4 Public nuisances offending morals and decency to include language regarding Research Dogs/Cats.
  • Discussion: Ordinance was referred to legal council for review.

July 2nd: Spring Green Town Board Meeting

  • Business Items: Discussion/possible action on a variance request for a required vegetative buffer for a kennel at S12491 Big Hollow Road by Clinton and Jill Kane or representative
  • Discussion: Motion from Lins to approve the variance.  Motion was not seconded.  Motion from Lins to deny the variance.  Motion was not seconded.  Motion from Carmody to convene a special Town Board meeting to reconsider prior decision to recommend approval of the conditional use permit.  Seconded by Radel.  Motion passed.

June 19th: Spring Green Joint Extraterritorial Zoning Commission
Attendees: not available

  • Business Items: Variance: Discuss with Clint Kane and Jill Janssen Kane, or representative, on a variance from a required vegetative buffer for a kennel on Big Hollow Rd. Discussion/Citizen Input/Possible Action.
  • Discussion: Due to outrage from citizens about limited notification and deception on what the intent was for this kennel, topic has been tabled until July 17th. Clint Kane and Jill Janssen Kane were asked to prepare a noise mitigation strategy that will be discussed at the meeting on July 17.

June 18th – Spring Green Planning Commission
Attendees: Notes not posted

  • Business Items: Variance: Discuss with Clint Kane and Jill Janssen Kane, or representative, on a variance from a required vegetative buffer for a kennel on Big Hollow Rd. Discussion/Citizen Input/Possible Action. Both properties are zoned for Agriculture use.
  • Discussion: Not posted but members of the board said the motion was carried.

May 14th – Spring Green Planning Commission
Attendees: Jill Janssen Kane, Clint Kane, Mike Curran, and Jim Schmitt

  • Business Items: CUP: Application by Clint Kane and Jill Janssen Kane for a Conditional Use Permit for the establishment of a kennel in an agriculture building on Big Hollow Rd. Discussion/Citizen Input/Possible Action.
  • Discussion: CUP: Application by Clint Kane and Jill Janssen Kane for a Conditional Use Permit for the establishment of a kennel in an agriculture building on Big Hollow Rd. Mike Curran briefed the situation and walked the commission through the application he had submitted to the county. The facility will follow strict USDA regulation and the dog will not have an outside facility. Clint Kane and Jill Janssen Kane will be the only employees for the facility. Iausly discussed similar permits pointing out that this application meets town ordinances and that the current zoning allows this use. Motion recommending for approval by the Town Board of this conditional use permit by Iausly, seconded by Carmody. Motion carried.