Controversial dog kennel owner gets reprieve

A Tippecanoe County dog kennel is shut down.
A Tippecanoe County dog kennel is shut down.

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – A controversial Tippecanoe County border collie kennel gets a major reprieve from the Board of Zoning Appeals.

The BZA is giving Thurman “Randy” Sanders 30 days to show that he has proper ventilation and temperature control for his barn, a condition that was mandated by a vote last month.

His attorney said Sanders would be able to comply in that time frame.

If he does, he will have a special exception to continue to operate, thanks to the 4-1 vote.

Minutes earlier in an unanimous vote, the Board approved a variance request so Sanders doesn’t have to soundproof his building. It’s a reverse of the inconclusive 3-2 vote last month.

Sanders’ attorney declined comment after the meeting.

Several neighbors, including Jennifer Emmert, are not happy with the outcome.

“I’m very disappointed he was granted the setback and the special exception to legitimize his kennel. I think that justice is not prevailing,” said Emmert. “I find him to be an untruthful person and incapable of taking proper care of dogs. I think it will always be a puppy mill.”

County Building Commissioner Ken Brown was one of two people to speak against the special exception.

The BZA also required the kennel meet state and county requirements for water and wastewater disposal. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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