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Dog sanctuary to remain, despite objections

Dog sanctuary to remain, despite objections

Trevor Quinn


An Bord Pleanála has granted permission for the retention of dog kennels at Coonealcauran, Ballina. Six local residents had lodged appeals against retention of the structure, which was constructed by Northwest Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NWSPCA).
In August 2011, after An Bord Pleanála evaluated the residents’ initial objections, it granted permission for the dog shelter to be retained.
However, the residents decided to appeal this decision.
The local residents listed a variety of complaints in their submissions, including loose dogs, noise, pollution and vermin.
The residents involved were Alex Petrie of Rosserk, Killala; T and J Granahan, Coonealcauraun; Seamus and Kathleen Munnelly, Rosserk Road, Cauraun; Gerry Walsh, Broadlands, Killala Road, Ballina; Michael Flynn, Rosserk and Bridget and Thomas Collins, Ballina.
On March 11, 2011, a retention application was lodged by the NWSPCA seeking permission to retain the dog kennels, which are situated inside an agricultural building.
Also included on the application was a request to allow the renovations of existing dog runs, as well as a request for permission for an effluent holding tank and a number of parking spaces at the site. A spokesperson for the residents expressed disappointment at the decision of An Bord Pleanála, pointing out that while they had no objection to animal welfare, the kennels were much too close to their homes.

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