Legal battle to save a ‘noisy’ farm that houses epileptic pigs and blind dogs


A sanctuary called Happy Pants Ranch received a noise reduction order after complaints to police and council. Boss Amey James fears the 450 animals could be put down

Amey James fears his animals will be put down

A sanctuary that houses epileptic pigs, three-legged cats and blind dogs is facing closure following complaints that it is too noisy.

Boss Amey James, 36, fears the 450 animals, including emus, cows, dogs, ducks, chickens and 120 abandoned roosters, will be put down.

His Happy Pants Ranch received a noise abatement order after complaints to police and council. Thus, Ms. James risks prosecution if there are more moans about the volume of her menagerie.

He was also told that failing to get the proper planning permission means the whole site has to go.

Ms James, who quit her job as a graphic designer in London to set up Happy Pants in Bobbing, Kent, is legally challenging the local council’s decision.

Happy Pants Ranch is home to epileptic pigs

A petition supporting Happy Pants, which became a registered charity three years ago, has 3,000 signatures

She said: “We have no idea what we will do if we lose the appeal. The worst outcome is that the charity goes bankrupt and the animals will be put to sleep, which is the decision the board is trying to force.

“But it will be on my corpse. So I’m taking them to court for it.

The farm has received noise complaints

Ms James said she measured the sound from her shrine at the bottom of the player at 30 decibels. A standard vacuum cleaner produces between 65 and 90 decibels.

She added: “The neighbors are even further than that.”

But, she said, the council told its officials not to take decibel readings but just measure using their ears.

“It just seems absurd,” she continued. “If it goes to court, they’ll have to get readings.”

She said neighbors made ‘fake’ complaints

Ms James fears some locals are trying to force her out as her property has been damaged and other incidents.

She said she had taken steps to reduce the volume since last summer’s noise ordinance. “We moved the animals and started soundproofing the generator,” she added. “Everything we’ve done is satisfactory except for the roosters and geese. If you can’t keep roosters on 20 acres, where can you keep them? »

A spokesperson for Swale Council said the development went against local plan and national planning policy.

He added: ‘Along with the planning request, we have issued two noise reduction notices, one for generator noise which has been resolved and one for animal noise which is ongoing.’

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