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Hernando woman unhappy with code enforcement assessment

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Hernando County code enforcement was out on Justin Penfold's property to see how they can reduce the amount of odor coming from his rodent and rabbit farm. Hernando County code enforcement was out on Justin Penfold's property to see how they can reduce the amount of odor coming from his rodent and rabbit farm.
Hernando County code enforcement was out on Justin Penfold's property to see how they can reduce the amount of odor coming from his rodent and rabbit farm. Hernando County code enforcement was out on Justin Penfold's property to see how they can reduce the amount of odor coming from his rodent and rabbit farm.
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A week ago, Linda Armstrong told News Channel 8 that her neighbor's rodent and rabbit farm, owned by Justin Penfold, was making her sick because of the odor.

News Channel 8 contacted Hernando County Code Enforcement to see what they thought should be done. 

On Tuesday, zoning supervisor Chris Linsbeck went out to the property to see if there were any code violations.

Linsbeck said, "We did a measurement on the property lines that contain a residence and our code requires 100 feet from each property line that has a single family residence on that premises."

And what Linsbeck found was a compost pile on Justin Penfold's property, that was clearly fewer than 100 feet from Armstrong's fence.

Penfold told the county he will move the pile in question to an area which is more that 100 feet from all property lines and he will have it done within a week.

Linsbeck said Penfold has agreed to treat the compost piles with lime to try to limit the amount of scent that comes off the piles.

Linda Armstrong says the county Hernando County Health Department told her there were no health risks at this time.

Armstrong says, "I would find that very hard to believe.  I would think from what I researched that would be wrong and we may have to see a lawyer about it."

Penfold says he is not leaving and that he will follow the county code. "I told her on the first report that I would move that compost pile if she would stop contacting the county and she said that wasn't good enough.  I'm moving the compost pile.  We will see if she continues to contact the county."

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