Residents voice concerns over dog breeding farm - abc27 WHTM

Residents voice concerns over dog breeding farm

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A commercial dog breeder from Lancaster County is looking to establish his business in upper Dauphin County.

On Tuesday night, David Stoltzfus went before the Upper Paxton Township Zoning Hearing Board to try to gain their approval.

They ended up putting off a decision, but several residents made it clear that they do not want the business in their neighborhood.

"I guess to put it bluntly, I don't believe you," Tom Shaffer told Stoltzfus.

Stoltzfus is hoping to build his breeding farm on a plot of land along Route 25. He estimates that it could have up to 100 dogs or so on the site at any time.

Neighbors had many concerns, including that the farm would end up being a puppy mill.

"We already have way too many dogs," said Shaffer. "Our Humane Society is full of dogs. Yeah, maybe you can sell them. You get your buck."

But there were also a lot of concerns about the smell and noise that having 100 dogs on the property would produce.

There were also complaints about the lack of information that Stoltzfus provided.

"I think you did an absolute disservice to our community by coming here tonight with a lack of interest and your feelings that we didn't bend over for what you were bringing to us," said resident Roger Derr.

Stoltzfus addressed many of the speakers as they made their points.

"I want to be the best neighbor I can be," he said. "I don't intend to bring anything in the area that would make interference to anybody."

He also expressed concern for the health of the dogs.

"We want to sell the healthiest puppies as possible," he said. "That's what we're doing."

Township supervisors weighed in on the matter with a statement read by supervisor John Orr:

"We believe that the Zoning Hearing Board does not have adequate information to act on granting unconditional approval."

In the end, the board decided to put off a decision.

"I personally feel that I do not have enough information at this time," board member David Fralick said.

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