City council brief: Family allowed to keep third dog
A Barnhartvale family will get to keep its third dog after all.
At its regular meeting on Oct. 16, city council voted to overturn a decision to deny a three-dog variance for the Duczak family, as long as they build an enclosure on their property.
The request was originally denied because the family has a history of dog-at-large complaints and had expressed little interest in fencing their yard or penning their dogs.
But, in a letter to council, Otto Duczak said he would agree to buy a dog run. He also criticized council for taking complaints made against him seven years ago into account when making its decision, calling it “against the principals (sic) of fundamental justice.”
While the application was approved, councillors Nancy Bepple, Pat Wallace and Nelly Dever opposed reconsidering their decision because of the Duczaks’ complaint history.
“I don’t think he’s earned that trust from our council. He hasn’t earned it from me,” said Dever, who asked that bylaw officers inspect the dog run before the family is allowed to have three dogs on the property.