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Neighbors Appealing Washington Co. Kennel Decision

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ark. - The fight over a dog kennel and cattery in Washington County rages on.

Six residents are appealing a decision the Washington County Quorum Court made in December to grant a local woman a permit for a dog kennel. The residents, neighbors of the woman, say the noise will have a negative impact on the area and are now appealing the decision in circuit court. 

"We want her to build it somewhere else if that's her dream," said Helga Coleman, one of the petitioners. 

Coleman and the other petitioners are hoping to prevent Jamie Hertzberg from constructing a dog kennel and cattery on her property off Mt. Comfort Rd. in Washington County. 

"We don't want this by our house because it lowers our property value," Coleman explained. 

"We did hear on all sides, we heard neighbors that opposed it, we heard neighbors that supported it," said Justice of the Peace Eva Madison. 

Madison voted in favor of granting the permit for the kennel but says she understands why Coleman and her neighbors appealed. 

"I'm not surprised, I've been the neighbor in this situation too and when you feel like your property is being threatened, you'll go to great lengths to make sure that you're protecting yourself," Madison explained. 

Coleman and fellow petitioner Warren Gabbard, who owns St. Catherine at Bell Gable, a popular wedding destination, are mainly concerned with dogs barking. 

"It's just a joke to me to say you can sound barrier a dog barking outside," Coleman said. 

"From my perspective, listening to the applicant, she had gone above and beyond in terms of trying to prepare for noise abatement and really trying to be a responsible neighbor," Madison said. 

The issue is now in the hands of the Washington County Circuit Court but Madison doubts the decision will be overturned. 

"It's not like the court's going to decide all over again whether it's a good idea or a bad idea, they basically look at whether we did our jobs," Madison said. "I hate that it's going to cost people time and money and it may end up the same way." 

KNWA attempted to contact Hertzberg but was unable to reach her. 

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