HELP STOP THE ELLIOTTS PUPPY MILL EXPANSION IN LARIMER COUNTY!!!! Wendi and Gary Elliott, 14400 North County Road 7 in Wellington, CO have requested the Larimer County Board of Commissioners approve their request for a puppy mill expansion. They are requesting approval to breed up to 14 litters per year, and keep up to 22 adult dogs-that is nearly 200 dogs a year! The dogs are kept penned up outside, and fed Wal-mart brand Old Roy dog food. The Humane Society of the United States estimates 1 dog unspayed or not neutered, with its offspring can produce 67,000 dogs in 6 years! Their goal of 14 litters per year, not fixed with their offspring can produce 11,256,000 dogs in 6 years! The Larimer County Humane Society and local Labrador and other rescue groups are already overstressed with unwanted animals. They are producing these puppies for profit, not to increase the integrity of the breed. Puppies are not products! This proposed puppy mill expansion is in a residential area. It would greatly reduce neighboring property values due to the stigma of the business and the noise violations. Please use your voice for those who can't speak and stop the suffering--sign now! Only your name will appear publicly, the email and address will remain confidential--or you can sign anonymously.
01/25/2010 UPDATE: PLEASE COME TO THE HEARING AND VOICE/SHOW YOUR OPPOSITION!!! THE HEARING HAS BEEN SET FOR FEBRUARY 17, 2010 AT 6:30 P.M. AT THE LARIMER COUNTY COURTHOUSE OFFICES. HEARING ROOM 1ST FLOOR. 200 W. OAK STREET, FORT COLLINS, CO. THE ELLIOTTS HAVE CHANGED THEIR REQUEST TO THE COUNTY FOR APPROVAL OF 10 ADULT DOGS KEPT OUTDOORS FOR BREEDING, AND UP TO 99 PUPPIES PER YEAR TO BE "PRODUCED".
02/10/10 UPDATE: PLEASE COME TO THE HEARING AND VOICE/SHOW YOUR OPPOSITION!!!! I RECEIVED AN EMAIL FROM THE COUNTY YESTERDAY SAYING THE ELLIOTTS CHANGED THEIR REQUEST TO 10 ADULT DOGS OUTSIDE FOR BREEDING (BECAUSE THE COUNTY TOLD THEM ANYMORE THAN THAT AND THEY NEEDED TO BUILD AN INDOOR FACILITY), AND TO BREED UP TO FIVE LITTERS PER YEAR. IN THEIR FIRST LETTER THEY MENTION GOAL OF GETTING "LICENSED". THE COLORADO DEPT OF AGRICULTURE ISSUES LICENSES FOR DOG BREEDING FACILITIES VIA THE PET ANIMAL CARE FACILITIES ACT. A SMALL BREEDING FACILITY LICENSE WOULD ALLOW UP TO 99 PUPPIES PER YEAR TO BE "PRODUCED".IF THE COUNTY APPROVES 5 LITTERS ANNUALLY AND THE STATE APPROVES 99 PUPPIES A YEAR, WHO (AND HOW) WILL ENFORCE THEY ONLY "PRODUCE" 5 LITTERS? 5 LITTERS IS STILL TOO MANY--THEY ARE NOT DOING THIS FOR THE LOVE OF THE BREEDS OR TO INCREASE THE INTEGRITIES OF THE BREEDS--THEY ARE DOING IT FOR THE MONEY. THEY HAVE CHANGED THEIR APPLICATION FOR IT TO GET APPROVED. THIS IS AN UPSTART PUPPY MILL AND THEY WILL UNDOUBTEDLY CONTINUE TO ASK FOR MORE EXPANSIONS IN THE FUTURE. PLEASE COME TO THE HEARING AND VOICE/SHOW YOUR OPPOSITION!!!!
Please note: If you have signed the Holland's letter to the county opposing this operation or signed a paper petition consider also signing the online petition. All signatures are being consolidated into this online petition. If you signed the Holland's letter or a paper petition but prefer your name be listed anonymously online, please contact us.
02/22/2010 UPDATE: THE NEXT HEARING IS APRIL 12, 2010 BEFORE LARIMER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. THEY WILL HAVE THE FINAL SAY ON IF THE FACILITY IS APPROVED OR DENIED, AND IF THE APPEAL FOR THE ROAD SURFACING REQUIREMENTS IS APPROVED OR DENIED. THE HEARING FEB. 17 WAS IN FRONT OF PLANNING COMMISSIONERS. THE COUNTY STAFF AND PLANNING COMMISSIONERS RECOMMENDED APPROVAL OF THE FACILITY. HOWEVER, COUNTY STAFF RECOMMENDED DENIAL OF THE ELLIOTT'S APPEAL TO THE ROAD SURFACING REQUIREMENTS FOR THEIR 1/2 MILE ACCESS ROAD.
LARIMER COUNTY STAFF ENGINEERS DECLARED THE ELLIOTT'S 1/2 MILE ACCESS ROAD TO BE NOT UP TO CODE, AND RECOMMENDED IT BE BROUGHT UP TO THE ROAD SURFACING REQUIREMENTS OF THE LAND USE CODE SECTION 8.14.7. WELLINGTON FIRE DEPT. HAS DECLARED THE ACCESS ROAD UNSAFE FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES. THE ELLIOTT'S APPEAL TO THIS WAS TO BUILD A PARKING LOT NEXT TO OPPOSING NEIGHBOR'S PROPERTY. COUNTY STAFF AND PLANNING COMMISSIONERS WERE OPPOSED TO THE PARKING LOT IDEA. PLANNING COMMISSIONERS DECIDED TO LEAVE IT UP TO COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO DECIDE IF THE ROAD SURFACING REQUIREMENTS SHOULD BE MODIFIED OR UPHELD FOR THE ELLIOTTS.
THE LAND-USE CODE REQUIREMENTS FOR ROAD SURFACING ARE THERE FOR A REASON. A NEW PETITION IS COMING FOR LARIMER COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY. THE NEW PETITION WILL REQUEST THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS UPHOLD THE LAND-USE CODE SECTION 8.14.7 ROAD SURFACING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ELLIOTTS. IT WILL ALSO REQUEST COUNTY COMMISSIONERS DENY THEIR REQUEST FOR THE COMMERCIAL FOR-PROFIT DOG BREEDING FACILITY AKA PUPPY MILL. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU ARE OPPOSED TO THE FACILITY, AND IF YOU ARE OPPOSED TO THEIR APPEAL FOR THE ROAD SURFACING REQUIREMENTS. MORE TO COME ON THE NEW PETITION--PLEASE SIGN TO GET IN THE DATABASE AND ALL WILL BE INFORMED OF THE NEW PETITION FOR LARIMER COUNTY RESIDENTS. THANK YOU.
SEE NEW PETITION FOR UPDATES: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stoplarimercountypuppymill2/
Links for more information on fighting puppy mills:
Link for Feb. 17, 2010 public hearing broadcast:
Link for staff report and Elliott's new proposal we received on February 09, 2010:
Link for article in Coloradoan paper 02/21/2010 http://www.coloradoan.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=20102210321
Link for article in Coloradoan paper 02/18/2010
Link for article on animal cruelty case in Boulder regarding dogs left outside in extreme cold for several days: http://hsbv.boulderhumane.org/hsbv/GO.asp?mode=20070113
Link for "How to Identify a Good Dog Breeder" http://www.humanesociety.org/assets/pdfs/pets/puppy_mills/how_find_good_dog_breeder.pdf