A Pekin couple will continue to operate their in-home doggy day care without a permit, despite complaints from neighbors.
Deanna Shanks received a notice from the city of Pekin alerting her that she violated Pekin's Kennel Law and would need to obtain a special permit to operate her business "Let's Get Giggy With it Pet Services."
She says she didn't know she needed the documentation and immediately followed the steps outlined the city to be in compliance, which would be to apply for a special permit.
Shanks also says throughout the entire process, she has been transparent and not hiding any information, pointing out that she has a public Facebook page for her business and explaining that she just wants to do what she loves, which is taking care of people's pets.
Shanks says she has cared for up to ten dogs in her home, but right now only has five.
In order to be in compliance with the Pekin's Kennel Law, she can legally care for three animals; any more after that would require a permit.
Shanks says she has two decades of animal care experience and her home day care business has just recently began in the early part of 2017.
On Wednesday, Shanks went before the Pekin Planning Commission to request the special permit and she was denied.
As a result, she and her boyfriend, with whom she runs the business, have retained a lawyer, to help them draft a clear explanation of their doggy day care, in hopes of having a better shot at obtaining the permit.
Shanks explains that she offers many services and provides more in depth care than many kennels can, stating "We love animals so much that we wanna see them happy and in a good environment. we want them to be comfortable and playing when they're having fun and treat it like they're at home. unfortunately a lot of boarding facilities charge you extra for your animal to go outside and play for an extra 15 minutes or to give them a treat or to administrate their medicine. we just want people to have the ease of mind that their animals are being treated like they would if they were at home."
Shanks says she was not aware she need the permit and
Pekin City Council will have a final vote on the matter Monday, October 23, 2017.