Needles, CA: Dispute over a residential property, pets, code enforcement, and animal control.

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Needles, CA: Dispute over a residential property, pets, code enforcement, and animal control.

The following news story is regarding a residential property in Needles, California being worked on and alleged complaints and violations by the City of Needles’ Code Enforcement and the City of Needles’ Animal Control regarding that residential property and pets on that residential property.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was welcomed to be at a meeting where both parties in this matter.

The residential property in the dispute is located on the 200 block of Victory Drive in Needles, California, and during the meeting with Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, the dispute was over several issues including a porch on the resident and property line, alleged violations on the residential property, and the residential property allegedly being unsafe according to Code Enforcement Needles Building Official Dan Williams; and alleged complaints and alleged violations regarding the residential property’s dogs over noise from the dogs and the living conditions of the dogs according to Needles Animal Control Officer Deanna Johnson.

The people who are wording on the residential property, Andrea Z. Smith and Cat Smith, say the allegations by Code Enforcement Needles Building Official Dan Williams are not true and the allegations by Needles Animal Control Officer Deanna Johnson are false adding that they love their animals and take good care of their dogs, a cat, and a bunny rabbit.

The meeting was held with Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, Andrea Z. Smith and Cat Smith, Code Enforcement Needles Building Official Dan Williams, and Needles Animal Control Officer Deanna Johnson on Monday, November 9th, 2015 inside the conference room at the Needles Administration Building in Downtown Needles, California.

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Both sides of the dispute were allowed to speak during this meeting and ZachNews has the video so you can hear both sides of this dispute; the video speaks for itself.

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After the meeting and later that day, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was allowed a tour of the residential property in the dispute as well as see the pets mention during the meeting.

Then, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was allowed to film as Needles Animal Control Officer Deanna Johnson and Code Enforcement Needles Building Official Dan Williams viewed the residential property and the pets, including the dogs, with Andrea Z. Smith showing us the residential property.

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As you will see in the video, there was at least 2 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies at the residential property, but just to keep peace and nobody was arrested.

Afterwards, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was able to speak to the next door neighbor who was mention during the meeting. Robert Benoit, a City of Needles Employee, spoke to ZachNews and told ZachNews his side of the story, including talking about his back yard, his dogs, and the comments about him that were mention.

As always, all of the ZachNews videos are unedited and is in full.

You will be able to hear for yourself both sides of this dispute and in their own words their side of the dispute as well as get to view for yourself the condition of the property and the pets mention during the meeting.

** Videos from ZachNews on YouTube: **

– Needles, CA: 11-9-2015: Meeting with the City of Needles regarding the property and animals.

– Needles, CA: 11-9-2015: Discussing and viewing the property and animals.

– Needles, CA: 11-9-2015: Discussing about back yard area of property next door.

– Needles, CA: 11-9-2015: Before viewing the property and check on animals with authorities.

– Needles, CA: 11-9-2015: Viewing the property and check on animals with authorities.

– Needles, CA: 11-9-2015: Speaking to neighbor next door regarding his dogs and back yard area.

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story. **

 

1 thought on “Needles, CA: Dispute over a residential property, pets, code enforcement, and animal control.

  1. Lookout Needles. I was told I could have four each residence. Now I am told I can’t use house/garage as residence. I was told by this Code Enforcement Officer that I could and that we could move in to our home. Also the late Marvin Carter I have worked with on numerous properties I’ve rehabbed. This all started out as zoning issues and brought in animal control. The only notice I got from her was that animals could not stay in house because it had no electric or water. This was on fourth day I was working on house. How would she know about any zoning issues if there wasn’t something else going on. I also have almost two acres and my daughter has her three little dogs and we each have cats my dogs outside and a rabbit, my granddaughter’s. Must also note that all of the dogs are between the ages of 9 and 14, and the cats are both 11 and another 18 and have been all over the country traveling, in excellent health,have shots and are well behaved and only bark when they are supposed to. The city also needs to know that you can’t not count livestock in with domestic. Who makes these ordinances? They have been challenged in Federal Court in LA County and San Diego much to the favor of pet owners which should be done here. They also count service dogs in the group that could be challenged with ADA.

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