Jill Janssen Kane and Clint Kane,
homeowners in the town of Spring Green, WI, are applying for local permits so
that they can breed dogs for experimentation. They intend to house most of the
estimated 150 - 1,000 beagles in a former veal barn that the Kanes rent approx.
3 miles from their home, with "no outside facility" for the dogs.
that weren't bad enough, the Kanes also want to use their residential garage as
a whelping facility! Their plan is to bring the mothers in 1 - 2 weeks before
the pups are due, whelp them in the garage facility, then transport them back
to the barn when the pups are 7 - 8 weeks old (or legal age to sell). The
mothers would be rebred, and the pups would be sold. (Note: Jill Jannsen Kane
is a practicing veterinarian at a clinic in the Spring Green area.)
Currently, according to their
lawyer, the Kanes are expecting to house an estimated 6 mothers and approx. 48
puppies in the garage at any given time. They reportedly have already started
their breeding operations and are said currently to have 2 hounds that have
whelped and their puppies at their residence.
properties are already reportedly zoned agricultural, so the Kanes applied for
a Conditional Use Permit from the Spring Green Planning Commission "for
the establishment of a kennel in an agriculture building on Big Hollow
Rd." According to the
website, the Planning Commission thought the application was for a dog
daycare and/or boarding facility.
WMTV.com news story confirms that "Committee
Chairperson Joel Marcus says he thought the item was 'routine,' for a family
hoping to breed puppies. He tells NBC15 news he was 'blindsided' when he says,
he was told the family was asking to breed puppies on their property, and
eventually transfer them to a larger, medical testing facility."
Kanes need both Town of Spring Green, and Village of Spring Green approval, for
two separate properties. If the item passes the Village of Spring Green Plan
Commission and Joint Extraterritorial Zoning Committee next month, it will
still need approval by the Sauk County Land Resources and Environment Board.
note: Though mention is made of the Kanes' promise to adhere to USDA
regulation, this type of breeding operation also must
be licensed and inspected by the WI Department of Agriculture, Trade, and
Consumer Protection (DATCP) under Wisconsin's S.173.41, Wis. Stats., Dog
Breeders and Sellers Law.
CAN DO: (Please visit the
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Dane4Dogs is asking all residents
of Spring Green to attend the Village of Spring Green Plan Commission and Joint
Extraterritorial Zoning Committee meeting on the 17th of July and, if
necessary, the Sauk County Land Resources and Environment Board on July 23rd,
to voice their concerns and ask the Commission to DENY the use permit.
Prior to then, the organization will have 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 breeding facilities.
are NOT a resident of Spring Green or Sauk County, Dane4Dogs suggests:
"Right now, the best thing you can do is share our posts and spread the
word. Educate your friends and neighbors that this can happen to
them too." Dane4Dogs also invites you to contact them for help to try to
pass a local ordinance to protect from businesses such as the Kanes propose. A
spokesperson for Dane4Dogs tells us, "I can assure you, the Spring Green
residents wish they had something on the books - they are feeling completely
defenseless at this point. It is far better to prevent a business from coming
to town than it is to try to take on this fight."
Green Research Puppy Mill
Petition: Say NO to research puppy mills in the Spring Green,
WMTV.com news story Channel 3000 news story
S.173.41 Regulation of persons who sell dogs or operate animal
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