Complaints may prompt closure of Skagit Co. dog kennel

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by JAKE WHITTENBERG / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on May 26, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 26 at 7:50 PM

SKAGIT COUNTY, Wash. - After years of complaints, families in a Skagit County neighborhood may finally see a nearby dog kennel shut down.

Skagit County Commissioners are considering an appeal from several people, who say that Skagit River Kennels is a nuisance,
and allows Rotweilers and St. Bernards to run wild and bark at all hours of the night.

"We have also heard these dogs suffering and screaming," said Mary Arendse. She and her husband join five other families in filing formal complaints with the county.

"The stench in the summertime is horrific," she said.

The owner of the kennel is Travis Lundgren. Lundgren's attorney argues the farm, which operates just west of Mount Vernon, is kept in compliance with codes and ordinances.

"Travis is a good owner," said attorney Richard Hughes. "Not once has a citation been issued."

The Skagit County Sheriff's Office has responded to the neighborhood several times over the past five years. The kennel cares for and sells dogs to buyers. It's been open for five years, Hughes told KING 5.

According to court documents, one neighbor claims a Rotweiler that became loose attacked and killed another neighborhood dog and their chickens.

County Commissioners will decide whether Lundgren will receive a permit for the kennel, which became necessary in 2008. That will be decided on June 8. The County Hearing board already approved the permit, with the stipulation that Lundgren keep the dogs inside during the nightime hours.

"This is our only shot to get our neighborhood back to normal," said Arendse.

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