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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 – CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT WAS APPROVED ON JULY 23
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 – CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT WAS DENIED ON JULY 17
They would like to whelp the puppies in their residence garage on Pearl Road. 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. 

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.

Timeline

Nov 7th: Spring Green Town Board Meeting

  • Town Board Supervisor Dave Radel, who had previously voted to recommend denial of the growing facility conditional use permit, announces that he has been accused of open records violations and therefore, the proposed ordinance is not on the agenda until this matter is resolved by the town lawyer.  Residents voice objections to the delay and concerns over the presumably false accusations.

Oct 18th: Sauk County Lawsuit

  • After the Sauk County legislative bodies denied our appeals, we moved our objections into the court system with a lawsuit against the Sauk County Land Resources and Environment Committee.  The court will be deciding whether anyone is aggrieved by the LREC decision to approve the Conditional Use Permit for the large growing facility. 

Oct 8th: Spring Green Village Appeal Decision

  • The Village Board of Zoning Appeals denied the appeal to keep 50+ dogs in the residential garage.  The denial of the permit for the whelping facility stands.

Oct 3rd: Spring Green Town Board Meeting

  • After hearing concerns from the town lawyer on our first proposed ordinance at the September board meeting, we submitted a new ordinance that would prevent anyone in the town from owning more than 25 intact adult dogs.  In addition, anyone with more than 10 intact adult dogs would be prohibited from keeping the dogs on wire mesh floors and from stacking crates, and would also be required to provide the dogs with outdoor access.  

Sept 26th: Spring Green Village Appeal Decision Delayed

  • The Village Board of Zoning Appeals delayed a decision on the appeal to raise 50+ dogs in their residential garage

Sept 20th: Sauk County Appeal

  • The Sauk County Board of Adjustment decided that no one is aggrieved by the approval of a research puppy mill in Spring Green, despite hard evidence showing that homes near a research puppy mill take TWICE as long to sell as homes further away.  This means our two County legislative appeals are effectively denied.

Sept 5th: Spring Green Town Board Meeting

  • The Town Lawyer provided her opinion on the proposed ordinance that would ban research puppy mills, stating that the Town has police power and authority to adopt an ordinance addressing concerns related to the Town and the inhabitants of the Town, but probably not the ordinance as proposed in its current form.  

Sept 4th: Spring Green Village Appeal

  • The Research Puppy Mill applicants filed an appeal to contest the village decision to deny them the ability to raise 50+ dogs in their residential garage.

August 30th: Sauk County Appeal 2  

  • Dane4Dogs legal council, representing aggrieved residents, appealed the decision by the Sauk County Land Resources and Environment Department to continue issuing permits for the growing barn (e.g. sanitary permit) despite the earlier appeal that, by law, should have stopped all proceedings.

August 20th: Sauk County Appeal 1  

  • Dane4Dogs legal council, representing aggrieved residents, appealed the decision by the Sauk County Land Resources and Environment Committee that approved the Conditional Use Permit for the growing barn.  All proceedings must stop once an appeal is filed.

August 14th: Village of Spring Green Village Board

  • Summary: The Village Board was considering a proposed ordinance to ban research puppy mills.  Because the residents had gathered enough signatures under Wis Statute 9.20, the board could only vote to pass the ordinance or to put it in front of the voters at the next general election (they could not vote to deny the proposed ordinance).  They chose to put it in front of voters, and residents of the village of Spring Green will vote on the ordinance on April 7, 2020.
  • Business Items: Discussion and possible action regarding a petition for Direct Legislation under Wisconsin State Statues 9.20.
  • Discussion: Motion by Marcus to submit the proposed petition for
    Direct Legislation to a binding referendum at the next general election April 7, 2020. Seconded by Hauser. Voice vote. Motion carried.

August 1st: Spring Green Town Board Meeting

  • Summary: Dane4Dogs proposed a town ordinance banning research puppy mills.  The ordinance was referred to legal council for review.

July 30th: Sauk County Violation Letter, Operating a Kennel Without Permits.

  • Summary: On July 30, the Sauk County Land Resources and Environment staff reinspected the Spring Green research puppy mill barns and found them to be in violation of operating a kennel without permits, since they have not met all of the conditions of the Conditional Use Permit. Additionally, they documented TEN missing dogs. 

July 23rd: Sauk County Land Resources and Environment Committee

  • Summary: Despite multiple documented violations, a room packed with people opposed to the research puppy mill, a village board that denied the permit, and a town board that rescinded its approval, the Sauk County Land Resources and Environment Committee voted to approve a Conditional Use Permit for the Spring Green research puppy mill.  They listed 16 conditions that must be met before beginning operations.
  • Business Items: A petition to consider a conditional use permit for a Kennel operation proposed by Jill and Clinton Kane. 
  • Discussion: Motion by C. Whitsell/J. Dietz to approve the conditional use permit, with the recommended conditions by staff, with the correction to staff condition H. Motion carried, all in favor (6-0 with Krueger absent).

July 17th: Village of Spring Green Plan Commission

  • Summary: The Village of Spring Green Plan Commission listened to their constituents and voted to DENY the Conditional Use Permit for the whelping facility.  
  • Business Items: Discussion and possible action on the conditional use permit for Pearl Road.
  • Discussion: Motion by Marcus, second by Hausner to deny the conditional use permit.  Aye: Marcus, Hausner, Broh, Saperstein. Nay: Prem, Lilla, Hutnik. Motion passed.

July 17th: Spring Green Joint ExtraTerritorial Zoning Commission 

  • Summary: Despite a room packed with opponents to the CUP, the JEZC recommended approval of the CUP with 8 conditions.
  • Business Items: Discussion and possible action on the conditional use permit for Pearl Road.
  • Discussion: Motion by Iausly, second by Lilla to recommend approval of the request by Clinton Kane & Jill Janssen Kane for a conditional use permit for a “Commercial Kennel & Dog Boarding” on parcel #032-0658-1, S12904 Pearl Road, Town of Spring Green with 8 conditions.  Motion passed.

July 11th: Spring Green Special Town Board Meeting

  • Summary: The Spring Green Town Board listened to a packed room of concerned residents and voted to rescind prior recommendation to approve the permit.  
  • Business Items: Discussion/possible action to reconsider decision to recommend approval of a conditional use permit for a dog kennel on Big Hollow Road
  • Discussion: Motion from Radel to rescind prior recommendation to approve the permit, seconded by Carmody.  Motion passed.

July 11th: Sauk County Violation Letter, Operating a Kennel Without Permits.

  • Summary: On July 11, the Sauk County Land Resources and Environment staff inspected the Spring Green research puppy mill barns and found them to be in violation of operating a kennel without permits.  They documented 66 dogs on site, per Mr. Kane – 8 breeding females, 1 breeding male, 57 puppies from various litters. 

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 on 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.