A Fayetteville judge has told a local kennel owner to quiet the noise at her facility or potentially face fines and jail time.
Lisa Fleming operates Courtney's Canines, Inc. on Industrial Way. She has rescued more than 1,100 dogs from shelters over the past two years. Her company nurses them back to health and then gets them adopted.
"That's what I'm here for,"Fleming told CBS46 News. "I'm here to help these dogs get out of these kill shelters, get into a rescue, go into a home and be loved. For the first time in my life, I'm following a passion that I've had for two years."
Fleming received two citations for noise violations since she opened after business owners and residents near the kennel complained about the barking.
"It's just built and built and built where it's just a nightmare," said Dave Williams, who owns Creative South, a company that offers packaging services.
Residents who live in a retirement community nearby the kennel agreed the noise can be unbearable.
"It's very annoying," said Louise Slaughter. "Fortunately, I live at the other end. But the people that live down here, it's just terrible."
Both Slaughter and Williams said they love animals, but the kennel is not in an appropriate location.
Fleming said she is working to install some type of sound barriers, though she said it is expensive and she covers all her own costs for the kennel.
She will be in court on April 23.
"Certainly my dogs need me," Fleming said. "I wouldn't like to sit in jail. It is scary."
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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