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Neighbors of the Headwaters Hounds (CO) have filed both civil and criminal complaints against Dr. Alison Brown, MFH of the Headwaters Hounds, objecting to the kennel noise. Brown claims that her foxhound breeding operation is protected by the local Right to Farm and Ranch ordinances.

Brown kennels about thirty foxhounds, one third of which are in retirement and are “living out their days in sanctuary.” Headwaters Hounds was established in their present location in 2014; the complainants moved nearby in 2016. The area is zoned for rural use.

A member of the Right to Farm and Ranch board, who helped write the ordinance said, “People move to rural areas and then expect that the manure pile next door wouldn’t smell, the farm equipment should have mufflers, that farm dogs don’t bark.... Rural zones are expected to have rural uses.”

Click for Jan Wondra’s complete article in the March 28th issue of the Mountain Mail.

Posted March 29,2017

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# Lori Brunnen 2017-04-17 08:00
Typical. The couple filing against Dr. Alison moved onto their property in 2016, Dr. Alison moved onto her's in 2014. Typical in rural areas-move in to the country and THEN decide to change the country to fit suburban sensibilities. One word to the neighbors-sell
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# Guest 2017-04-19 20:00
Raising dogs is an agricultural activity and therefore not protected by the local Right to Farm and Ranch ordinance. Dr Brown's property is classified rural residential as are properties of all of Dr Brown's neighbors. If anyone is trying to change the country to fit their sensibilities, it is Dr Brown. There is no history at all of "fox" hunting in the area.
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# Norman Fine 2017-04-20 14:25
"Agricultural" not protected by "right to farm"? I always thought agriculture and farming were synonymous. And, no history? There were 2 years of foxhound history there before the plaintiff moved in.
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# Guest 2017-04-21 18:32
It should read "Raising dogs is NOT an agricultural activity and therefore not protected by the local Right to Farm and Ranch ordinance." Dr Brown's property is classified rural residential as are the properties of all her neighbors. Dr. Brown does not live at this address; she is operating a business, Headwaters Hounds LLC. Folks were living there well before Dr. Brown started operating her business in violation of county zoning rules.
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# Guest 2017-04-20 12:45
They moved in next to a kennel. Has the kennel gotten more noisy? Bigger? If not it was there when they bought the property. Let the buyer beware. Do what we did when we moved next to a small airport which ended up being louder than we thought-we moved.
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