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Board OKs Dog Training Facility - Brevard, NC


October 5, 2017

The city of Brevard’s Board of Adjustments unanimously approved Jodi Miller’s application Tuesday for a special use permit to operate a dog training and day care facility at the former Marcum’s location on U.S. 276 near Brevard Elementary.

The property is zoned neighborhood mixed used and so required the approval from the board.

Most of the work she will be doing in the facility will be training, Miller told the board.

“I’m a registered nurse and holistic health care practitioner, and I lived in Alaska for 33 years, where I trained dogs on the side because in the ‘70s they needed dog teams to get out to the native Eskimo villages,” she said. “Since I’ve moved here to Brevard three years ago, training dogs has been my primary profession.”

She said her training services currently include basic training, training for therapy and service work.

She also has a volunteer program for children from the Boys & Girls Club on Gallimore Road, behind the property, to come in and learn how to train and work with dogs.

Previously, Miller had been operating a dog-training business in the Pure Pets store on South Broad Street.

“About 25 kids come in from the Boys & Girls Club and read to the dogs, so we are quite excited because they won’t have to load up on a bus and come over,” she said. “They can just walk across the backyard.”

She added that people who adopt their dogs at the Transylvania County Animal Shelter in Rosman will be able to bring their dog to the facility to have a free week of assessment and training to see if the dog is the “right fit,” as well as have a daycare facility, eventually.

Board member Paul Welch Tuesday made the motion to “find as a fact that the proposed use is appropriate for the neighborhood, and that it’s functionally and visually compatible with the existing properties around it.”

Board member Kevin Jones seconded the motion.

Welch then made a motion to approve the special use permit with the findings of fact made in the previous motion, which was seconded by board member Allen Delzell.

“This is a use that should be approved,” Welch said. “It’s good for the city, it’s good for the area and it’s something that we should find our way to saying ‘yes’ to.”


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