SPCA seeks approval in Stafford Planners to hear public on proposed...
A proposed Stafford County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals facility off Andrew Chapel Road faces another hurdle at tonight's Planning Commission meeting.
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#1 Apr 3, 2009
I think we need to support the SPCA proposal. As a resident of Meadowbrook Estates I Fully support this plan to prevent and save animals that face cruelty. It's strange we live less than a mile from the Brooke VRE station and know one is trying to shut them down for blowing their horns day and night but yet they are fussing about the possiblty of dogs barking. I have seen more dogs running loose in our neighborhood and have heard them bark none stop for hours at a time without anyone complaining but once someone tries to do good for our pet society, all heck breaks loose. I simple do not understand how people can say one thing and do another. We must come together as a community to grow as a community regardles of the proposals. You will not make everyone happy but is shows how our community cares and takes the lead to save animal lives. I highly recommend every put their personal issues aside and support all of our county proposals.....
#2 Apr 8, 2009
If this SPCA project has so much merit, why has Bill Hoyt not set up the 501c3 that he has been telling everyone he has? Why aren't he and the others who feel like this proposed SPCA is such a good idea working with the county's shelter, knowing that the conditions there are horrible? The location of the current shelter has access to county water and sewer.
It must be nice to have friends in high places so that you can have all the money planned for use in renovating or replacing the shelter removed from the countyís Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)right at the time that this discussion begins. Milde lead the charge to have the money removed so that his friend could look even better when he brought his plan forward. Now that Hoyt has run into some difficulty with his plan - he is telling the neighbors that they can buy him out for $1.5 million. He paid less than $500,000 for the property. He has told them that if they do not wish to go along with that then he will build a fence around the 10 acre parcel and force them to pay half. Sounds like blackmail to me. This is the same guy who walks his dogs at midnight around this property. He has also been flashing the gun that he wears to anyone who comes on his property - even the local teenagers. I hope the board rethinks itís desire to be associated with this guy and realizes the precedent they will be setting if they go through with this.
#3 Apr 12, 2009
the problem with the whole thing is not the message in this case or the idea or that all the information isn't completely true.the spca is a great org.the prob. is one of the messengers( bill h.) his money is good.his energy- gigantic.his pride,ego,and mouth are a reflection of some sort of post tramatic somthenother----garranteed.suc h a tragedy.
#4 Apr 13, 2009
Mr. M - I'm sure EVERYONE in Meadowbrook loves animals, but the bottom line is this.....120 dogs is a big responsibility for a community. I think the biggest challenges here are location and services. This is a residential area with no water or sewer services and will likely never have them b/c it is located outside of the USA. Let's look at recent history - 2002 and 2007 saw little rainfall and resulted in many wells failing/going dry - the proposed SPCA site is served by well water. What's to become of 120 dogs, 100-some-odd cats and the other animals that will be housed there should the well become dry? How do you get water to over 500 animals that need it continuously throughout the day and night. That's just for hydration purposes - lets not forget about hygiene and sanitation. If the well fails and a new well needs to be drilled, how does a 510(c)3 afford a new well, especially in an emergency (time is of the essence) scenario? Raising funds doesn't happen over night so who is going to pick up the tab for this until a new one can be drilled? The County? Not likely. So while everyone is taking "sides" on this issue, who is really looking out for the best interests of the animals that would end up there? Doesn't seem like this has been thoroughly thought through. Also would be curious to see what an EIS would conclude with regard to location. Guess we'll have to leave it to our capable Planning Commissioners to get those questions answered for us.
#5 Jul 23, 2009
Good points! That is the real problem here: this guy bought the land and says he will create a group to run the shelter. Will he lease the land and building at a profit to a proposed non-profit he has yet to create? Conflict of interest here?
It seems like hoyt and friends are setting up a sweetheart deal. Why not improve the existing shelter? Or deal with an existing nonprofit with a proven track record of animal care?
#6 Aug 7, 2009
How about all those neighbors of the proposed SPCA who will have to listen to a hundred or more dogs barking "non stop for hours". Sound barriers? Like the ones by highways.
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