Judge shuts down ‘nuisance’ puppy day care centre in Durbanville

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Cape Town – A puppy day care center in Durbanville is urgently looking for new space after a judge closed the current facility on Friday with immediate effect.

Western Cape Supreme Court Justice Robert Henney ruled that Puppy Town had clearly violated the provisions of the Urban Development Management Plan, Noise Regulations and Animal Order, but the reasons for the ban were “based on the creation of a common law by the Defendant “. Annoyance “.

Puppy Town, operated on residential property by single mother Jolindi Verster, has been the subject of numerous complaints from neighbor Mark Christopher for years.

Christopher told the court that as a pastor, he worked from home and needed a peaceful environment to write, research, study, and counsel his community.

In his motion, Christopher said that Puppy Town was open Monday through Friday between 6:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and that up to 17 dogs were present on the property at any time during business hours.

Before Christopher moved to the area in 2015, he and his family toured the property for a weekend. It was quiet back then, he said, since Puppy Town only operates during the week and on Saturday mornings.

He told the court that he had specifically asked the previous owner if there were dogs barking in the neighborhood and adjacent properties and that he was concerned about this because he needed a quiet work environment.

In February 2016, after making several attempts to get Puppy Town to limit the noise emanating from the property, he reported them to the city.

These complaints continued through July 2019 and took the form of emails, phone calls, Facebook messages, direct interactions with city officials, and letters from his attorney to the city.

The complaints resulted in an unsuccessful attempt by the city to prosecute and, ultimately, Christopher ordering his lawyers to file a lawsuit.

Speaking to the Argus, Verster said: “Puppy Town had to be closed with immediate effect due to the court order. This decision resulted in four South Africans being instantly unemployed. We are urgently looking for a new location. “

In the meantime, the city’s Safety and Security Portfolio Committee is currently reviewing its animal husbandry policy for an update.

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