POSTED: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 6:34pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 11:43pm
Neighbors say animals are running free in the neighborhood
WHITEHOUSE - Whitehouse City Council members voted on an ordinance that, if passed, could limit the number of animals someone can have within the city limits.
Bobbi Dewet is one of many neighbors on Lynn Street in Whitehouse fed up with an animal rescue facility that sits practically in their backyard - separated from them only by a wooden fence.
Neighbors say the Wild Rose Rescue Ranch takes animals in need under their wing.
"They heal them, take care of them and release them into the wild...supposedly...but that hasn't been happening. It's out of control," Dewet said.
Dogs, raccoons, horses, and deer have been seen on the property and many of them have escaped into the neighborhood.
One man says he was even attacked at a New Years Eve party.
"Actually a buck...and it was chasing people, charging them and attacked one of the friends that was over there that night," Dewet said.
The proposed ordinance will limit residents to having only 4 dogs, 4 cats, or a combination.
The consensus in the neighborhood is that no one dislikes the owners of Wild Rose Rescue Ranch.
"They're wonderful people. They have big hearts. I think everything they do is out of kindness. I just think they've got themselves into a situation where it's out of control," Dewet said.
The Wild Rose Rescue Ranch was unable to speak with us in person today, but they did send us a statement. Part of it says:
"Our mission at the ranch is to rescue and rehabilitate (and when possible to adopt to 'forever homes') lost, injured, orphaned or unwanted animals that would otherwise die."
They said other media as well as the City of Whitehouse failed the city's residents when they made one-sided assumptions without all parties' perspective.