RUFFF on today's P&Z agenda

KINGMAN - A Golden Valley woman may get the permits necessary Wednesday to help pull her animal sanctuary out of legal hot water.

The Mohave County Planning and Zoning Commission will consider a zoning use permit request Wednesday from Hillarie Allison, the owner of Rescue Unwanted Furry Friends Foundation (RUFFF), a no-kill animal shelter that has operated in Golden Valley since 2003. RUFFF is located on 41 acres south of Highway 68 between Laguna Drive and Teddy Roosevelt Road.

Allison was charged in April with more than 30 misdemeanor counts of health code violations, operating a kennel without a license and failing to renew RUFFF's non-profit status. She is also in violation of a county zoning ordinance for having more than one home on the property and not having a septic system for the home.

County Planning and Zoning staff are recommending the commission deny Allison's request. According to information from staff, Allison has not met the requirements of conditional use permit that was issued to RUFFF in 2003. That permit has been extended at least twice, according to P&Z records.

One of the conditions placed on the permit was that the facility house no more than 135 dogs. An April inspection of the facility found more than 200 dogs, 88 cats and 12 pot-bellied pigs at the site. Allison is requesting that the county increase the number of animals she is allowed to have on the property to 200 adult dogs.

According to information given to the commission, the County Health Department has been trying for the last two years to get Allison to apply for a health permit for the facility.

The department has recommended that if the commission approves the zoning permit to keep the number of dogs allowed on the property to a maximum of 135.

It also recommends that the commission order Allison to contact the Health Department by Sept. 1 to find out what she must do to obtain a health permit for the facility.

They are requesting the number of animals she has be lowered to a more manageable level. The department has also requested that any zoning use permit issued to RUFFF or Allison be temporary and conditional on her getting a health permit.

The commission will meet at 10 a.m. today in the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.