RICHLAND -- A former Tri-City Animal Control director is looking to expand his private animal boarding busine ss.
Bruce Young operates Country View Boarding Kennels in Richland with his wife Sandra. He wants to expand the boarding area from 32 kennels to 64.
Plans call for a new business office to be built at ground level, so patrons don't have to trek down a smooth walkway, which can sometimes be slippery in the winter, Young said.
Young also is asking the city to modify language in his original special use permit that would allow him to house up to 64 animals.
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Young's current permit says he can board up to 64 animals, but no more than 48 dogs at a time. He's hoping the 48-dog clause can be removed.
Young believes additional kennels will allow him to better serve his customers. Many kennels sat unused Monday, but Young said his facility was full around Thanksgiving.
"We turned away about 20 customers," he said.
Young added that it can sometimes be difficult to lift larger dogs into the existing second-tier kennels.
Richland Senior Planner Jeff Rolph said the city's board of adjustments should review Young's request sometime in January.
Young has operated his boarding kennel since the mid-1990s. He said he has no interest in returning to animal control.
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