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Rehab centre for dogs with behavioural issues could open in village

PUBLISHED: 13:37 04 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:00 04 June 2018

Hill House, Marsham.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Hill House, Marsham. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

Romanian dogs suffering from “behavioural issues” could be moved to a property in Marsham for rehabilitation.

Hill House, Marsham.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYHill House, Marsham. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Animal charity Safe Rescue for Dogs wants to convert Hill House on Norwich Road into a rehabilitation centre for up to 20 dogs.

It is also seeking permission to erect a 7ft chain link security fence around the property and install 10 kennels.

Nineteen people - including Marsham Parish Council - have objected to the proposals.

They have raised concerns about noise from barking dogs and possibility of the animals escaping.

Despite this, a report which will go before Broadland District Council’s planning committee on Wednesday, June 6, recommends the application for approval.

The charity says it takes on many dogs considered “too damaged” to be rehabilitated.

They include dogs that have been rehomed and returned due to behavioural issues, and dogs that are fearful of humans.

While the organisation mostly takes on dogs from Romania, it also looks after animals from other rescue centres in the UK.

A carer will live in the new centre to help rehabilitate the animals, which are currently being kept in kennels in North Walsham.

“This is hugely important for us,” a charity spokesman said. “It’s something we have been working towards for years.”

The spokesman stressed that the dogs will be kept in a secure area within the property.

One objection, published in the planning officer’s report, said: “What will happen when one or more escapes?

“I have my young granddaughters to think about, they will not be able to play in the garden as the risk is too high from these dogs.”

Norfolk County Council’s highways department has also objected to the proposals.

It said vehicles turning right onto the property from the A140 would “interfere” with the free-flow of traffic.

A comment in support of the application said the people running the charity are “responsible and extremely knowledgeable in their field”.

The officer’s report said the property has no immediate residential neighbours.

It adds that the dogs would be kept in a securely fenced area and exercised on site.

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