Exotic animals Classifieds
Although the facility is licensed to help keep these creatures, neighbors expressed their concerns about keeping these questions residential area. Township authorities are attempting to see whether the zoo violates township zoning laws, based on a study by ABC 12.
The proprietors from the facility, Andrew and Rachelle Gehringer, moved towards the area in the year 2006 and also have roughly 50 creatures around the 22-acre property.
Within the report, Groveland Township Supervisor Robert DePalma stated there is some concern from neighbors that had observed creatures around the property, together with a whitened tiger and apes. DePalma stated the township will consider the matter from the zoning perspective, but really wants to address the general public safety aspect first.
The Concord Press arrived at to DePalma Friday but township offices were closed and DePalma had not came back a phone call designed to his personal phone.
The Gehringers sent a collectively composed email towards the Concord Press Friday, stating that they’ve approached the township and aspire to rectify the issue.
“We will be in connection with the township supervisor and also have plans for more research and discussion by both sides, ” they authored.
The Gehringers stated that within the couple’s nine years in the government licensed and looked over Groveland Township location, they’ve provided educational exhibits off-premise at various schools, occasions, camps and senior facilities.
Just before relocating to the region in the year 2006, they stated the pair investigated all laws relating towards the possession of exotic creatures, finding no relevant laws around the books. They added the rentals are zone Rural Estate/Farm.
Some problems came about lately, however, when new, more-stringent laws adopted in November 2009 were introduced towards the Gehringers’ attention.
“Due for an unfortunate oversight, we currently have to get additional clearness around the matter, ” they stated. “We meet and/or exceed all federal/condition standards relating to as being a Class C licensed exhibitor in Michigan, and also have always maintained excellent standing while warranting no safety concerns during the last 19-plus many years of business procedures.”
The Gehringers stated that lots of their neighbors haven't contacted them or even the township with any concerns previously nine years.
“We usually have operated our business with public safety in your mind as well as have recorded natural disaster plans, despite the fact that it's not needed by in our certification agencies, ” they authored.