Pooch parlour departs
NO DOGS allowed.
It’s reasonable request at a doctor’s surgery or restaurant.
But at a dog grooming salon, it’s very bad for business.
That’s the situation which Margaret Leddy battled for more than nine months, and on Friday she finally decided to give up.
She reluctantly closed the doors to her business, Sassy, which was located in the Boulevard in River St, Ballina.
She said the owners’ corporation had decided they didn’t want dogs in the shopping precinct.
Correspondence from the corporation to Ms Leddy, sighted by The Northern Star, states that the dogs going to the salon could be “noisy, dangerous, vicious, diseased or unhygienic”.
The corporation held an extraordinary general meeting in March and voted against giving Ms Leddy permission to have dogs at the shop.
This is despite approval being given by Ballina Shire Council in September last year.
“I was also told that my dogs create offensive noise and offensive odour,” Ms Leddy said.
“But I know that I’ve got the support of most of the other businesses in the Boulevard.
“I have tried to work with the owners’ corporation – I applied to them to be allowed to have dogs here.
“There has been very little communication with me.
“I’ve fought for so long but now it’s just time for me to take my business somewhere else.
“I wanted to be here forever and a day. I am very passionate about what I do and I love my dogs, but I just can’t keep fighting anymore.
“It’s been really stressful for me, but thankfully my landlord and my clients have been so wonderful and supportive.”
Ms Leddy is moving Sassy to Sheather Pl in the Clark St industrial area and it is open from today.
Strata management for the Boulevard building declined to comment on the issue.
The owners’ corporation committee were contacted by The Northern Star, but calls were not returned.