West Perth: Commissioners paws to consider city’s second doggy day care

The proposed doggy day care in West Perth
The proposed doggy day care in West Perth

WEST Perth could soon be home to the city’s second doggy day care, with space for 60 pooches.

City of Perth commissioners will decide on the proposal for Madame Ma’s Doggie Daycare at next week’s council meeting.

The pastel pink centre would be located at the old Scouts Western Australia headquarters at 581 Murray Street near the freeway south on-ramp, with its furry visitors filling the top floor while a gymnasium continues business below.

The proposed doggy day care

Along with running on weekdays for city workers, the centre plans to be open on demand on weekends for dog training classes, dog birthdays and dog-related gatherings.

City officers have recommended approval for the facility subject to conditions on dog numbers, operation hours, noise, odour and waste management.

Development Approvals manager Margaret Smith said at Tuesday night’s agenda briefing that the business would specialise in smaller breeds under 11kg and have a small retail area with boutique dog accessories.

Commissioner Andrew Hammond asked how noise issues would be managed after his own experience with dog pounds, with Ms Smith replying that along with double glazed windows and other sound mitigation steps, the premise of a doggy day care was quite different and offered entertainment and stimulation for pets.

“We have one in East Perth below a residential building that hasn’t been causing issues,” she said.

“It’s closest to a child day care for people with fur babies.”

15 submissions were received from locals, with 13 raising objections about odour, traffic, external appearance, waste and property values along with noise.

“The proposed appearance of pink painted street facing façade and dog cartoon characters is out of character with the business precinct,” one local wrote.

Ms Smith said the colour had been toned down from the original proposal, and that the applicant had since addressed the concerns raised by landowners.