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Sudbury residents to fight building of kennel

Sudbury Historical District

Sudbury residents are less than thrilled over the building of a new state-of-the-art kennel on a 9 ½ acre lot in the town's historical area. The Buddy Dog Humane Society is looking to relocate its current facility from Route 20 to Wayside Inn Road in Sudbury, Mass., according to the MetroWest Daily News.

The Buddy Dog Humane Society is applying for permits under the Dover Amendment, which is a law that is lenient on zoning restrictions for religious, agricultural and educational organizations. Buddy Dog Humane Society falls under educational organization.

Sudbury residents are not happy, citing noise and an inappropriate facility in the historical district.

Buddy Dog purchased the land last August in the interest of both space and its seclusion. Though the organization has not yet filed plans with the town, the society wishes to raise about $4 million to build a sustainable facility that would be conscious of the area and residents. The plan could take many years for completion, but it will help the organization to move forward and expand, helping more animals.

Residents who are opposed to the move have created a petition to stop Buddy Dog, and have received more than 100 signatures. Those in opposition have cited the shelter being an inappropriate addition to the historical landmarks such as the Grist Mill, Martha Mary Chapel and the Wayside Inn.

Buddy Dog is not concerned with the reasons residents are giving. It plans on building the new facility on the site where a rise in the land would act as a natural noise buffer. The new area is secluded enough to blend in with the surrounding scenery. Buddy Dog claims to be transparent about the whole project in order for the residents to not be surprised.

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