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Boarding facility won't take in more dogs

Owner of Aunt Cynthia's withdraws request after neighbors complain
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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Complaints from neighbors have caused the Aunt Cynthia’s Bed and Biscuit Inn owner to pull a request to increase the number of dogs cared for. Cynthia McCoy owns the cageless dog boarding facility located on Swetzer Road and initially asked the town to authorize an increase in the number of dogs she could keep from 40 to 60. But after hearing neighbors voice concerns about barking and other issues at the planning commission meeting on Nov. 16, McCoy decided to withdraw her request. In an e-mail to the Loomis News, McCoy said, “After hearing the concerns expressed by my neighbors at the planning commission meeting, I have decided to withdraw my request for a modification of my use permit. “It is my intention to listen to all concerns expressed by my neighbors, and to work toward resolution of any and all issues in a neighborly way.” The 4,300 square-foot, cage-free building currently houses dogs in each of its four “living rooms,” each measuring 750 square feet. Loomis planning commissioners heard public comment on Nov. 16 and continued the item until their Dec. 21 meeting. Thomas Boisvert, who lives on Angelo Drive behind the facility, spoke at the meeting and said he had a petition, signed by more than 100 Loomis residents, against the dog increase. Those signatures, according to town staff, represent 82 properties. Aeron Heath, who lives on Kathy Way, said McCoy “really doesn’t care about the neighborhood. The dogs bark a lot.” Sarah and Michael Brajonje, who live on Angelo Drive, said they bought their home one year ago and also have dogs. Michael Brajonje said he has concerns about the proposed increased number of dogs at Aunt Cynthia’s and a proposed dog-walking path on the site. “The dog trail is a few feet from our back fence. That is a huge invasion of our privacy,” Michael Brajonje said. According to a town staff report, the town has fielded complaints regarding “dogs barking and causing a nuisance” from three neighbors of the dog boarding facility. Matt Lopez, town assistant planner, said town staff conducted multiple unannounced visits to the facility and barking dogs were not heard. Lopez also said the town had received a complaint from a neighbor of the business about lights shining into his home, windows and doors of the facility left open, and other issues. Town staff had recommended that the commission deny the request for the increased number of dogs, without prejudice, until a noise study can be conducted.