KENWICK resident Sandy Baraiolo will be able to keep up to six dogs on her property after the City of Gosnells gave it the green light on Tuesday night.
Ms Baraiolo lives on a 0.4ha (one-acre) block on Victoria Road in Kenwick and submitted an application to keep up to six dogs.
The City of Gosnells Dogs Local Law 2011 (local law) prohibits a person from keeping more than two dogs over the age of three months unless the property is located within the Kennel Zone.
The property is not located in the Kennel Zone.
Ms Baraiolo wants to keep up to six pedigree belgian shepherds and said they had previously bred belgian shepherds for WA Police.
She currently has two dogs at her home, but is looking at using her house as a place to put rescue dogs, as she is part of the West Australian Belgian Shepherd Rescue.
Her daughter also comes down from her house in Kalgoorlie with her dog to visit.
“Being part of a rescue group, we have been having to put them into boarding,” she said.
“We have been here 15 years and never had any complaints
“I don’t see it as being a problem.”
According to council documents, the council does not currently have a policy to provide direction on dealing with applications to keep more than two dogs.
The council agenda said no specific reason had been provided by the applicant in seeking the exemption, but the applicant advises they have previously bred dogs for WA Police.
Gosnells councillor Ron Mitchell moved an amendment to make sure only two dogs would be outside the front of the house at any one time.
He said the reasoning behind this was because people out the front might get intimidated by a big group of dogs.