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Supervisors hear dog rescue disagreement

Mathews County Supervisors were told two sides of a disagreement about a dog rescue operation between two local residents during the board meeting on Aug. 28.

Gerald Lewis of North complained to the board that his neighbor had been issued a license to house 50 pit bulls for a rescue operation; he said barking and odor are issues of concern. He said he is worried what would happen if one of the dogs were to escape.

Lewis asked if the facility was inspected and whether the dogs had been vaccinated against rabies. He said he had been to the dog warden and the zoning office and had been told the matter was up to the board.

“I have 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren,” said Lewis. “If one gets bitten, somebody’s going to wind up in court.”

Planning and zoning director John Shaw told the board that the kennel was a by-right operation in the rural zoning district.

The neighbor, Sonya Fitzgerald, is the owner of Tri-County Pit Bull Rescue. She assured...

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