The County Board of Zoning Appeals is set to consider a request to approve a 100 acre plot on CR. 150N for use as a commercial dog breeding facility that could house up to 100 breeding females. Lavern Whetstone, the owner making the appeal, already owns and operates a breeding facility at a nearby property where he raises bulldog puppies.
Whetstone says the new facility would actually be a downsize since he would be merging with a business partner, and between the two they would have fewer breeding dogs. A neighbor tells The News Sun that currently Whetstone’s puppies are sold out of state at pet stores in larger cities.
Animal welfare advocates have started a change.org petition that’s had more than 6,500 signatures from around the country. The zoning appeals board will vote on the matter Tuesday, July 21st.