Fayette County Animal Rescue told to shut down - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Janice Broach

Fayette County Animal Rescue told to shut down

The home of the Fayette County Animal Rescue has been told to shut down after the Fayette County Planning Commission voted to close the Rescue organization because a neighbor complained about the noise of barking dogs.

"I think our civil rights have been violated and our right to a little peace and quiet in our own home and our own property," neighbor Lance Huff said in March of this year.

That is what Huff told us in March...he's not talking now.

A new fence that muffles the barking was put up. You  hear the occasional car and the neighbors cows and the dogs do not bark all of the time.

The planning commission's decision to shut down animal rescue will have dire consequences according to Gina Thweatt with animal rescue.

"We have been operating  for 10 years. We have rescued so many animals. Horses, dogs, cats, and found homes for them. That is not going to happen in Fayette County. 

In December, 26 cocker spaniels were rescued by the Fayette County Animal Rescue.

Thweatt said this is an example of what will not happen if the volunteer organization, funded by donations, cannot find a new place to move to.

Thweatt said it is unlikely the organization will find a place.

Fayette County Animal Rescue plans to ask the county commission for a rezoning or a permit.

If it is not granted, the organization has until September to find new homes for almost 100 animals they now have.


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