TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - The Tippecanoe County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) ruled Wednesday the owner of a controversial dog breeding business has been operating illegally.
The vote is the latest step in a process that began last fall involving Sanders Border Collies.
In September, county health officials ruled the business was unsanitary.
Later, the building commissioner determined he had been operating illegally since he built a new barn in 1981 that didn't conform to zoning codes.
Owner Truman Randy Sanders appealed the ruling to the BZA.
In a process that took several public hearings and months of work, the BZA ruled in favor of the building commission.
"This is a very cumbersome proceeding and I think if you talked to most of the practitioners, there has to be an easier way to do this. But, this is what the statute says you do, so we do it," says BZA attorney Joe Bumbleburg.
Sanders now has several options, including appealing the ruling in court or seeking a special exception to the zoning ordinance.
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