TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - A request by the owner of a controversial dog breeding business was dismissed Wednesday night from the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) without a whimper.
It's the latest chapter in a saga that News 18 has been covering for more than a year. Unsanitary conditions were found at Sanders Border Collies in Clarks Hill last summer and fall. Then, in April 2013, the BZA ruled Thurman 'Randy' Sanders had been operating the kennel illegally since 1981 when he built a new barn. In May, Sanders filed for a special exception to legitimize his business.
Area planner Bianca Klinker Zaklikowski said despite multiple attempts by phone and email, he has not changed conditions at the kennel to allow for an exception or met state requirements for notification of his neighbors.
No one showed up on his behalf at Wednesday's BZA meeting so his request was dismissed.
"You try to help petitioners, you try to reach out to them," said Zaklikowski. "But you get to the point where they have to make some effort as well. Unfortunately, I don't think Mr. Sanders made an effort tonight. I think if he would have made an appearance or his attorney made an appearance, the board would likely have continued him and he would have been heard next month."
Sanders also appealed BZA's ruling in April. A scheduling conference with the judge is set for Sept. 27.
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