The owner of a Fayetteville dog rescue shelter told a judge Wednesday that she planned to move from her current location, where business owners and residents have complained of her barking dogs.
Courtney's Canines on Industrial Way can house up to 60 dogs. The shelter nurses them back to health and then adopts them out.
Lisa Fleming recently told a judge she would install noise barriers but said in court Wednesday she cannot afford to do so and now planned to move to another location.
"We're hoping we don't have to lose any dogs or send them back to shelter," said shelter volunteer Peter Ndonga. "That's the absolute worst case scenario."
Those who live and work near the shelter said they're relieved. They have called police numerous times to complain about the barking dogs.
"It's just been very difficult to concentrate when the dogs are barking constantly," said Diana Bowlby, who owns a nearby business. "It's not like they're just barking at each other, it's crazy loud barking like fighting barking."
Those who have complained said they love animals but the location is not appropriate for the shelter.
"We've spent money on lawyers," said business owner Dave Williams. "We've spent time going down to city council meetings. We've been to different courts. I'm here trying to run a business, and I don't need to spend my time dealing with things like that."
Shelter volunteers said they are looking for a location outside the city of Fayetteville where noise ordinances are not so strict.
"It's heartbreaking really," said volunteer Jamie Moore. "I mean, we can find a new spot but the dogs in the back, all these dogs are transitioned to go in certain spots and they're used to it here."
Fleming told the court she would move within 30 days.
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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