Pawpals Daycare receive approval from the Town of Bassendean to continue operating

PawPals Daycare owner Laura Maher with her beloved pooch Hank. Picture: Marcus Whisson d412514
PawPals Daycare owner Laura Maher with her beloved pooch Hank. Picture: Marcus Whisson d412514

BASSENDEAN dog lovers can continue to have their furry friends cared for at PawPals Daycare after councillors approved the establishment's continuation of use last week, despite a noise complaint.

Neighbour Sheila Weaverley said she had owned the unit next to the day care for 20 years and had never previously needed to complain.

She said the tenants of the building were now seeking to move because of the barking dogs.

‘My husband and I have owned the unit next door for 20 years we’ve had the same tenants for 20 years and from our point of view the tenants are actively seeking to move because of the noise and disturbance to their business,’ she said.

‘We just hope to come to some sort of resolution.’

Pawpals Daycare owner Laura Maher said she and the council had conducted noise readings on the day care centre and both showed they were well below the readings in an industrial area.

‘I admit the dogs bark sporadically throughout the day but by no means is it continuous,’ she said.

‘If there was a mechanic or similar industrial occupant there would be continuous noise all day,’ she said.

She added her business had grown since starting up in the town 12 months ago and believed it was much needed in the area.

‘It is growing much bigger than I ever anticipated. I am receiving two to three dogs a week through word of mouth alone,’ she said.

‘There is no doubt that this service is wanted, needed and welcome for the residents of the Town of Bassendean and surrounding suburbs.’

Mayor John Gangell said regardless of what business was rented out next door to Mrs Weaverley’s she would encounter a similar situation due to the classification of the area being industrial and not office.

The facility comprises three areas for dogs to interact, including two internal areas and an external yard and houses about 40 dogs.