BOS denies kennel request

KINGMAN - Mohave CARE-Net (Companion Animal Rescue Efforts Network) suggested a county anti-animal cruelty task force and requested the denial of a kennel permit for a Golden Valley man during Monday's Board of Supervisors meeting. The Board had continued the item from its Feb. 1 meeting.

Vernon Williams was charged March 25 with four counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and a zoning violation when Mohave County Sheriff's deputies found 31 dogs, some of them in very poor health, at his home. Twenty-seven of the dogs were euthanized. Williams was allowed to keep four.

"Denial of the permit for Vernon Williams today is the only realistic alternative," said Dennis Miles representing CARE-Net. "This case demonstrates the critical need for the Sheriff's (Office) and the Humane Society to be notified as soon as any county department becomes aware of potential animal abuse. In this case, (Planning and Zoning) noted the number of animals in their site inspections but limited their assessments to the land use issues. Our understanding is the sheriff was brought in after a citizen complaint," he said. A kennel license should involve not only the use of the land but the condition of the facility and the health of the animals, Miles said.

"The task force would be a mechanism for county departments concerned with land use, public safety and health, and animal welfare to jointly address issues associated with kennel permits," Miles said.

The Board unanimously voted to deny the permit. Since the task force was not an item on Monday's agenda, the Board did not vote on that issue.