PEPPERELL -- Armed with a letter from a respected veterinarian and a case in land court, Operation Delta Dog got the go-ahead to open a dog training center in Pepperell Place.
The special permit to allow the training center for rescued dogs being trained to assist veterans to open required a super majority to pass. On July 17, only two selectmen said yes.
Three yes votes were needed. Selectman Lisa Ferolito voted against it citing residents' concerns with noise and the dogs staying alone at night.
Because the majority of the board found the permit conditions could be reached, the land court could issue an order of remand, Executive Director Lauren Burbridge of Delta Dog said after Monday's selectmen's meeting.
The hearing was a re-hearing of the hearing held July 17, said Chairwoman Melissa Tzanoudakis. She accepted questions from the audience, but only those that had not been asked in July.
One woman asked about the age of the dogs in training, saying that according to state law, dogs under five months are not counted in a kennel license.
The conditions set in July would need to be met, said Ned Richardson, town attorney. They are limited to three dogs, no matter what the ages.
Additionally, soundproofing is required, an evacuation plan is needed and a video monitoring system with alert must be installed.
The dogs that are trained to assist veterans will need to be calm and will not set off barking in the neighborhood, Martha Smith-Blackmore wrote in a letter of support.
The dogs will be tired after a day of training and will sleep through the night, she wrote.
With little discussion, all three selectmen said yes.
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