Animal care-givers take cause to supervisors |

Animal care-givers take cause to supervisors

El Dorado County planning commissioners on Thursday rejected expansion plans by the owners of Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care.

Commissioners were split in a 2-2 decision over the proposal by Thomas and Cheryl Millham to enlarge all existing wildlife cages on their property, located on the west side of Cherry Hills Circle near Elks Club Drive in the South Lake Tahoe area. Under county ordinance, split decisions over projects and proposal always result in denial.

The Millhams say they will appeal the decision to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, who will hear their proposal Nov. 26.

Four people spoke against the proposal, according to an El Dorado County planning official who attended the Thursday hearing in Placerville.

At issue is whether the facility, and the expansion plans are compatible with the neighborhood, the planning official said.

The Millhams requested, among others things, a 464-square-foot bird cage, a 401-square-foot bear cub cage, a 214-square-foot bobcat cage, and a 240-square-foot fawn cage.

A revision to the couple’s plans would allow the facility to care for small animals that are immature or babies that weigh less than 100 pounds or are less than 1 year in age.

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