New Sewickley Township, Pennsylvania: Stop New Sewickley Township re-classifying Gentle Ben's Giant Breed Rescue
  • Petitioned New Sewickley Township, Pennsylvania

This petition was delivered to:

Manager, Walter Beighey, Jr.
New Sewickley Township, Pennsylvania
Zoning/Code Officer Barry Fowler
New Sewickley Township, Pennsylvania
Secretary Patricia Pfaff
New Sewickley Township, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State House
Pennsylvania State Senate

New Sewickley Township, Pennsylvania: Stop New Sewickley Township re-classifying Gentle Ben's Giant Breed Rescue

    1. Claudia Trautman
    2. Petition by

      Claudia Trautman

      Pittsburgh, PA

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From Gentle Ben's:

I would like all of Gentle Ben’s followers and supporters to know that after 11 years of operating our rescue at our home, without incident, the Borough of New Sewickley Township has now made the decision to classify Gentle Ben’s as a commercial “kennel”, instead of a rescue. A kennel is not permitted in our residential zone. This means that Gentle Ben’s will be forced to close and the large breed dogs we take in will face uncertain futures that almost certainly will include euthanization.
During the past 11 years, Gentle Ben’s has saved hundreds of dogs and have found homes for many in return. Many of our followers are families who have either had to surrender their beloved pet due to a family illness or death, due to their home being in foreclosure and having to move to an apartment, or due to other situations such as a new baby or divorce. Whatever the reason, we have always been here to help and open up our home to these unfortunate dogs who, by no fault of their own, end up in these situations. We have wonderful relationships with several of the local shelters and we are the first contact on their list when a large breed dog is surrendered to them. We support our community and participate in events to promote rescue.
Many of our supporters and followers have adopted from us….not once but two or three or four times. They keep coming back for a reason. They know we care for these dogs as one of our own family and they are well loved and socialized while they are with us. We spend thousands of dollars of our own money to help vet these dogs and nurse them back to health.
Just imagine if Gentle Ben’s ceased to exist. Where would these dogs go? Who would they turn to? The potential for these dogs to be euthanized would be extremely high.
The Borough of New Sewickley Township has not yet formally approved the decision to shut our rescue down but will likely do so in the next few days. We need your support and help to make sure that our rescue is able to continue to rehabilitate and save these dogs who have already been through so much.
Please call or write to the New Sewickley Township office to urge the borough to keep our rescue up and running. Mailing address: New Sewickley Township Municipal Office, 233 Miller Road, Rochester, PA 15074 or call 724-774-7822.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Court Decision in Favor of Gentle Ben's

      Claudia Trautman
      Petition Organizer
      Court allows Beaver County shelter for big dogs to continue operating

      A court ruling gives 20 very large dogs the right to continue living at Gentle Ben's Giant Breed Rescue in New Sewickley, Beaver County, where they will be cared for until permanent homes can be found. On New Year's Eve, Noreen and Richard Kohl learned of the decision from Beaver County Common Pleas Court.

    2. Pre-Trial Conference

      Claudia Trautman
      Petition Organizer

      Gentle Ben's went to their Pre-Trial Conference on Beaver County, PA. They are now awaiting a date for trial.

    3. Scentsy Fundraiser

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      Petition Organizer

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    4. Recent Local Editorial

      Claudia Trautman
      Petition Organizer
      Canine justice: A local rescue shelter is not a commercial kennel

      The cynical expression "no good deed goes unpunished" applies to Noreen and Richard Kohl of New Sewickley, Beaver County. The Kohls are big dog lovers. In particular, they love really big dogs -- mastiffs, Newfoundlands, Great Pyrenees, Saint Bernards and Great Danes among them.

    5. Latest Video

      Claudia Trautman
      Petition Organizer

      Also, please remember to check the Rescues Facebook Page as well. They lost one of their beauties recently, after much effort to save her. Another one of their dogs is scheduled for an Ultrasound. This family obviously does not do this for profit...

      http://youtu.be/aWGJPm2QeKY

      Gentle Bens Giant Breed Rescue Needs Your Help to Stay Open

      Please continue spreading the word to help save Gentle Ben's Giant Breed Rescue. I have attached is the link to the petition. I signed the petition "New Sewickley Township, Pennsylvania: Stop New Sewickley Township re-classifying Gentle Ben's Giant Breed Rescue" on Change.org. It's important. Will you sign it too?

    6. Reached 6,000 signatures
    7. Pet Tales: Trouble for a big-dogs rescue operation

      Claudia Trautman
      Petition Organizer
      Pet Tales: Trouble for a big-dogs rescue operation

      Noreen and Richard Kohl have been rescuing large breed dogs -- Great Pyrenees, mastiffs, Great Danes, Saint Bernards, Newfoundlands and a Doberman pinscher -- for 11 years, but a lawsuit threatens their work. At the aptly named Gentle Ben's Giant Breed Rescue, 22 dogs romp in a 2-acre fenced yard in New Sewickley.

    8. Reached 5,000 signatures
    9. Current Adoptable Dogs

      Claudia Trautman
      Petition Organizer
      Gentle Ben's Giant Rescue Gives Dogs Run of the House

      On a three-acre property in rural Zelienople, Pennsylvania, 34 huge breeds of dogs -- Great Pyrenees, St. Bernards, New Foundlands, Great Danes and Mastiffs -- roam free and live in harmony. This special place is called Gentle Ben's Giant Breed Rescue, which is also the home of Noreen and Rich Kohl.

    10. Gentle Ben's Goes Through 75 Lbs. of Food a Day!

      Claudia Trautman
      Petition Organizer
      Gentle Ben's Giant Rescue Gives Dogs Run of the House

      On a three-acre property in rural Zelienople, Pennsylvania, 34 huge breeds of dogs -- Great Pyrenees, St. Bernards, New Foundlands, Great Danes and Mastiffs -- roam free and live in harmony. This special place is called Gentle Ben's Giant Breed Rescue, which is also the home of Noreen and Rich Kohl.

    11. Reached 4,000 signatures
    12. Great Video of the dogs @ Play!

      Claudia Trautman
      Petition Organizer
      Help save Gentle Ben's Giant Breed Rescue from being shut down

      I would like all of Gentle Ben's followers and supporters to know that after 11 years of operating our rescue at our home, without incident, the Borough of New Sewickley Township has now made the decision to classify Gentle Ben's as a commercial "kennel", instead of a rescue.

    13. Reached 3,000 signatures
    14. Fundraiser for Legal Fees

      Claudia Trautman
      Petition Organizer
      New Sewickley dog rescuers fight zoning decision

      NEW SEWICKLEY TWP. -- For 11 years Rich and Noreen Kohl have been caring for large breed dogs that might otherwise be euthanized.

    15. Newspaper Article

      Claudia Trautman
      Petition Organizer

      Gentle Ben's Rescue is a needed commodity in ANY community, these dogs come from all over, not just New Sewickley Twp, so it shouldn't matter where the calls & signatures come from...I see it as just an excuse

      http://www.timesonline.com/news/local_news/new-sewickley-dog-rescuers-fight-zoning-decision/article_fa87103a-c09a-5247-ab38-aae6c377f3be.html

      New Sewickley dog rescuers fight zoning decision

      NEW SEWICKLEY TWP. -- For 11 years Rich and Noreen Kohl have been caring for large breed dogs that might otherwise be euthanized.

    16. Reached 1,000 signatures
    17. WPXI News Cast

      Claudia Trautman
      Petition Organizer
      Sewickley dog rescue operation fighting to stay open

      SEWICKLEY TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A Beaver County woman is fighting to keep her Sewickley dog rescue operation running after more than a decade. Gentle Ben's Giant Breed Rescue is being threatened with closure after Sewickley Township leaders questioned whether the operation should be classified as a commercial kennel as opposed to a nonprofit.

    18. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • edward freiberger MCDONALD, PA
      • 9 months ago

      totally believe in the work they are doing and believe they should be backed and not hindered doing good should be awarded not hasseled

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    • Ellen Oppenheimer MANALAPAN, NJ
      • 9 months ago

      Big dog rescue is so important. Many giant breed dogs are feared for lack of experience of the general public. They are the back bone of may therapy programs and offer more than words can express. They need a safe haven and Gentle Ben's Giant Breed Rescue offers that safe place to find their forever home.

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    • Saphire Gem PITTSBURGH, PA
      • 9 months ago

      dogs are family and this is a home for many dogs a safe home at that.

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    • Glenda Graves PITTSBURGH, PA
      • 10 months ago

      It is important that people be able to contribute to the support of animals when they can. If the animals are cared for and no problems have been created in the community, then I support Gentle Ben's Giant Breed Rescue's right to exist as is.

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    • laurie graves DARLINGTON, PA
      • 10 months ago

      No kill shelters always receive top honors in my book. I have always rescued dogs and want to support others who share similar interests in this endeavor.

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