Update: Owner of Dog Kennel Without Permit Speaks Out

By: Amaka Ubaka Email
By: Amaka Ubaka Email

Nicole Busey, the owner of Pawz Pet Services, spoke with Channel Six Wednesday after a Fact Finders Investigation found she had no legal permit for her dog business in Ralston.

Busey had been running a dog kennel at the old Ralston Keno building, but has no state license or city zoning permit for that address.

“We're not some fly by night company that's trying to take advantage of anyone or trying to pull one over on anybody,” says Busey. “Honestly we had been there for only five days, we were in the process of getting everything set up.”

30 dogs were found in the building, as a result, authorities called owners to have them pick up their dogs. Kristen Latham was one of those customers.

“I just know Pawz is a place that takes excellent care of my dogs and I wouldn't take them anywhere else,” says Latham. “I don't believe for one second they would do anything intentionally or illegal.”

Busey did show Channel Six her state license and city permit for the Pawz headquarters in Omaha. She says navigating the legal paperwork and procedures has been confusing.

“We had an honest mistake and we went to try and rectify it today and almost everyone is on holiday already.”

Busey she doesn't keep paperwork on each dog, but says most, only stay daily.

“We write down every single dog that's there on a giant dry erase board so we can keep track of where their leash is or any food they came with for the day.”

The kennel owner has a meeting set up with public works officials on Monday to get a city zoning permit.

The Humane Society says ten of the dogs they took from the kennel have since been reunited with their owners. They all either were micro chipped or had dogs tags.

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