PALM HARBOR, Fla. (WFLA) – Numerous pages dedicated to raising funds to save dog sanctuary Canine Estates are popping up online.
On Wednesday, Canine Estates was denied their requested to be zoned as a pet care facility in Pinellas County.
Canine Estates co-founder Jayne Sidwell was heartbroken when she spoke to News Channel 8 after the meeting.
“We are feeling crushed and heartbroken. The Board of Adjustments felt like we shouldn’t be able to foster our 25 dogs in our home, my sister’s home, and we’re heartbroken,” Sidwell said.
”I guess this is the dissolve of Canine Estates because we don’t have any money. The money has already been spent with attorneys and there’s no money.”
In a letter from the Board of Adjustment, which Canine Estates posted to their Facebook page on Friday, the county wrote they have a 60-day timeline (with a 90-day maximum) to transition their pet care facility from the location on Pine Hill Road.
The most successful fundraiser was started on Facebook, titled “David’s fundraiser for Canine Estates Inc.” The fundraiser had a goal of $10,000 and had reached $11,225 as of Friday afternoon.
8 On Your Side’s Daisy Ruth will continue to follow this story.