Alachua County Wildlife Sanctuary Needs Permit
After taking heat when the Haven Acres Cat Sanctuary was raided in a massive animal hoarding case, Alachua County Commissioners will once again consider a permit for another sanctuary.
The Carson Springs Wildlife Foundation and Sanctuary is on agricultural land which allows for exotic animals and the owners say they have plenty of acreage for their animals. When the founders, Christine and Barry Janks, took in their first animal, they got all the permits they thought they needed, except one.
Christine Janks says, "the county is now requiring a special exemption permit and since we're already zoned for agriculture and we're already in the area that the county says they would want these kind of facilities."
Jerry Brewington with Alachua County Growth Management says he's been out to the sanctuary many times and has seen no reason for commissioners not to approve the permit.
Brewington says, "as long as they follow our conditions they're fine it will never expire as long as that continues to be the case."
The Janks' charity will have to pay 4,000 dollars to get the permit. A price they'll pay to keep caring for what they love.
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