CONEJOS — The Conejos Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will hold two hearings beginning at 10 a.m. May 17 on applications for two “kennels” within the La Jara zip code.
One has already been approved in Rio Grande County, but it is still within a six to seven-mile radius from La Jara.
A letter went out in March announcing the hearing was for kennel applications, but research by neighbors and visits to the already approved facility revealed that it was for dog breeding.
The facilities proposed in Conejos County are within a two-mile radius, according to La Jara residents opposed to them.
With a facility extension requested, there could be four dog breeding facilities within an 8.5-mile radius, say opponents from the La Jara area.
Colorado Citizens for Canine Welfare has become involved, however, and is encouraging residents to attend the hearing.
Amish residents are trying to expand an existing breeding facility licensed for nine dogs and establish three new ones and are in the midst of applying for licenses and special land use changes.
“We are fighting this both in person and through the use of a fabulous attorney known for success in this area. Susan Chana Lask is an effective gladiator fighting with all her considerable might for the animals.
Organizers are working on statements for people to make at a BOCC hearing. And four are planning to speak, along with residents who are animal lovers.
For info, call Anna at (719) 992-2526.