Doggy den on ‘paws’
CITY of Vincent Council has put a ‘paws’ on its decision on the area’s first dog day care.
Amanda Deurloo and Lucinda Cunningham envisioned the service at 16 Howlett Street, North Perth, to care for up to 30 dogs on weekdays.
They also planned to provide grooming and behavioural training for local fur babies.
Despite being among other businesses, City staff recommended against the dog day care, taking nearby residents and potential noise issues into account.
Ms Deurloo said the application was in full compliance and had passed its first acoustic report.
She said it was unrealistic to imagine all the dogs in day care would bark simultaneously.
The application is for a maximum of 15 dogs outside at any one time.
Ms Deurloo told the Express an appropriate industrial property was hard to find for the price and space required for a dog day care facility.
Councillors were supportive of the venture and acknowledged a demand for the service, but wanted to see it in another location.
Cr Roslyn Harley threw the applicants a bone by saying she did not have an issue with the location.
“This service is needed. I heard that we have the highest dog ownership per capita in Australia,” she said.
“I think this is a sound application and the business is suitable for the area.
“I don’t accept the arguments about amenity loss.
“I do believe we have enough regulation in place to deal with that.”
Cr Jonathan Hallett suggested the City investigate other more appropriate locations for a dog day care.
The council decided to revisit its decision at the July meeting.
Ms Deurloo said she might have to take the business outside the City of Vincent if a location was not found.
Dancers Kelsey Martin (front), Enora Richard (top), Tara Cunningham and Elia Fatin will take to the stage this month as part of Project Next 2018.