Dog Controversy Gets Public Hearing

Dog kennel special use permit goes before Plattsmouth city council. In a Fact Finders investigation update Council members listened as those for and against the application stated their opinions. No council action was taken and the request is expected to be on the council agenda on June 17th.

The Cassgram reports The permit application is from Tom Harter for property located at 17705 Pioneer Trail (Swallow Hills Estates lot 39). (Swallow Hills is outside the Plattsmouth city limits but within the city’s two mile zoning jurisdiction.)

A kennel permit is needed when there are three or more dogs on a property. Harter said he and his wife have three mastiffs and two smaller dogs.

An incident in March in which the mastiffs got loose set the kennel request in motion. Dr. Karen Campbell, a Swallow Hills resident and a veterinarian, said she felt threatened and defended herself with a piece of wood when the dogs came on her property. A neighbor answered her screams for help.

“It’s a public safety issue,” said Jody Distefano of Swallow Hills.

On May 16th the planning commission voted 5 to 3 to recommend against the granting the kennel request.

Last week, Harter submitted an addendum to his original application in which he proposed a list of 12 “restrictions and special conditions” that can be attached to the permit. Among those is housing the three mastiffs inside a climate controlled 10’ by 20’ dog house at night and when he and his wife are not home, and constructing 5’ to 6’ vinyl and welded-wire fences and installing a radio controlled fence.

One of Harter’s adjoining landowners, Mike Schuldt, said he wouldn’t oppose the permit if the Harters abide by their new proposed restrictions


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