Kennel Zoning Discussion

In July the Planning Board and Zoning By-law Study Committee began discussing the current Dennis zoning as it relates to Animal Kennels. The issue was brought forward by the Building Commissioner and a group of residents due to the limitations of the current zoning.

In July these two committees undertook a preliminary review of potential zoning definitions. The following definitions have made it through the first review:

“Kennel” a facility for housing small domestic animals including but not limited to the uses of commercial boarding, commercial training, commercial breeder, domestic charitable corporation, personal, non-medical veterinary kennels or shelters.

a.  “Commercial boarding kennel” an establishment used for boarding, holding, day care, overnight stays of animals that are not the property of the owner of the establishment, at which such services are rendered in exchange for consideration and in the absence of the owner of any such animal; provided, however, that “commercial boarding kennel” shall not include an animal shelter or animal control facility, a pet shop licensed under section 39A of chapter 129, a grooming facility operated solely for the purpose of grooming and not for overnight boarding or an individual who temporarily, and not in the normal course of business, boards or cares for animals owned by others.

b.  “Commercial breeder kennel” an establishment, other than a personal kennel, engaged in the business of breeding small animals for sale or exchange to wholesalers, brokers, members of the public, or pet shops in return for consideration.

c.  “Commercial training kennel” an establishment used for training of animals that are not the property of the owner of the establishment, at which such services are rendered in exchange for consideration and in the absence of the owner of any such animal.

d.  “Domestic Charitable Corporation Kennel” a facility operated, owned or maintained by a domestic charitable corporation registered with the department or an animal welfare society or other nonprofit organization incorporated for the purpose of providing for and promoting the welfare, protection and humane treatment of animals; including a veterinary hospital or clinic operated by a licensed veterinarian, that operates consistent with such purposes while providing veterinary treatment or care.

This discussion will continue on August 19th.  As always your thoughts are greatly appreciated.

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