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El Monte beagle rescue shelter fighting city, neighbors

January 5, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A group that rescues beagles may be forced to shut down in El Monte amid neighbors' complaints about the noise and smell.

"It's the noise and then the pollution and the fact that we've been doing this for the last six to seven years trying to get this thing quieted down," said El Monte resident Ray Silva.

Connie Kramer, who runs Beagles & Buddies on Strozier Avenue as well as Red Cloud Ranch across the street, has been in business for 18 years. She said she has placed 12,000 rescue dogs in homes.

But in November, the city denied her kennel permits for failing to comply with regulations to reduce the noise and odor.

She is appealing the decision.

"Gosh, I just wish we could have a last, last chance, and I've got a plan that will work that I think everyone will be a little unhappy with. Isn't that the sign of a good compromise?" Kramer said.

El Monte Assistant City Attorney Richard Padilla said the city denied the permits due to a long-standing history of a lack of compliance, dating back to 2007.

Kramer admits she's been late meeting some of the city's requirements because she says she's been getting mixed messages.

Neighbors who have been fighting to silence the dogs say enough is enough.

"Noise, smell, fleas, flies, especially the noise, it's like unbearable," said resident Rebecca Gayton.

Kramer will learn the fate of her kennels in about two weeks when she goes before the city to present her plan in hopes of keeping their doors open.