Last Chance Cat Ranch appeal denied by city

An animal rescue in Lethbridge will need to move to a new location within a year or face some hefty fines. On Thursday the city announced it has denied an appeal made by the Last Chance Cat Ranch. After a neighbour brought forward multiple complaints, the rescue shelter was ordered to shut down or find a new location because it did not have the proper development and zoning permits and needed to limit its number of volunteers. The Cat Ranch appealed and a hearing was held at City Hall on March 31st where oral and written arguments were heard; but that appeal was denied.

If the Cat Ranch does not comply with this order they could be fined up to $10,000. A further appeal can be made to the Alberta Court of Appeal.

Jeannette Rocher

Born in Puerto Rico, raised in Minnesota and Manitoba, Jeannette has had the opportunity to live in a variety of places including New York, Arizona, and Nevada. After completing college and a paid internship with CBC Winnipeg, Jeannette embarked on her journalism career by moving overseas to take a job on the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. While overseas she covered stories in Fiji, Guam and Japan including the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan and its surrounding islands. She covered a mass shooting, an Earth quake, murder cases and other substantial court cases. In 2013 she moved to Alberta where she covered the devastating floods of High River and Medicine Hat for CTV News. She then went on to produce and host Go! Southern Alberta for Shaw TV. She now calls Miracle Channel home. In addition to reporting in the field, you can catch her anchoring daily weather reports, as well as longer interview segments on BCN, and the week-in-review show on BCN Weekends. 

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