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Doglovers from Around US Help North Carolina Man With Deployed Son’s Dogs

Thanks to the FayObserver.com for this article. Carroll gets offers for help with dogs By Nancy McCleary Staff writer People from as far away as...

Joy  |  Mar 13th 2008


Thanks to the FayObserver.com for this article.

Carroll gets offers for help with dogs
By Nancy McCleary
Staff writer

People from as far away as Texas and Alabama have offered to help Henry Carroll out of his dog dilemma.

Carroll said he is overwhelmed at the number of responses he has had, not only from other states, but from local residents as well.

County officials have told Carroll he must get rid of two of the five dogs that live with him in his home in south Fayetteville because of a zoning violation.

Three of the dogs belong to the 45-year-old Carroll. But two belong to his son, Adam, a soldier in the 101st Airborne, who is deployed to Iraq until December.

County planning officers have said that Carroll is violating the land-use portion of the zoning ordinance.

The county says that anyone with four or more dogs that are kept for commercial reasons or companionship is operating a kennel and must be licensed.

And kennels can only be operated in areas that are zoned for such business, according to Cecil Combs, deputy director of Planning and Inspections.

About 50 people have called or e-mailed about their interest in helping Carroll out.

One of those is Kathy Sparkes, a Texas resident whose son, Michael, also is deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne.

Although we live in Texas, we would have no problem driving to Fayetteville to pick up the dogs. It is the least we could do in support of our troops in Iraq, Sparkes wrote.

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