Doggy den on ‘paws’

Guardian Express - - FRONT PAGE - NORTH PERTH Ju­lian Wright

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.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d484359

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.

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