Neighbors in Martin County At Odds Over Dogs

by Haley Burks
NewsWest 9

MARTIN COUNTY - A feud is brewing in Martin County over one resident owning 40 dogs

"Maybe not everyone loves animals they way I do but these are my babies," Owner Margaret Brown, said.

However her next door neighbor says that many dogs are a nuisance and a health hazard.

"We just want her to get her dogs down to a manageable amount. So we can have peace and quiet," neighbor Paula McAnally, said.

Brown explained that she is just providing a home for strays.

"Most of these dogs are just strays or I took them after someone didn't want them anymore," she said.

Martin County Sheriff John Woodward tells NewsWest 9, his office is now involved filing charges against Brown.

"She was issued a public nuisance at this time," Woodward said.

Woodward also said this is not the first time Brown's love of animals has caused an issue. He said she had similar problems in Midland County.

Currently there is no law in Martin County limiting how many dogs you can own, but officials are researching what they can do.

The Sheriff is working with local human societies to come up with a solution so that the neighbors and the pets can be at peace.