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Unhappy at haven as animal shelter targeted with signs

JUST THE FACTS: Sally Rogers with the Happy Paws signs she is using to counter signs put up around her Eatonsville property. Photo: Adam Hourigan
JUST THE FACTS: Sally Rogers with the Happy Paws signs she is using to counter signs put up around her Eatonsville property. Photo: Adam Hourigan

SALLY Rogers and her animal shelter Happy Paws Haven have been the centre of controversy for years, with a sign war from her neighbours the latest ploy to move her out of the area.

Ms Rogers woke one morning to find signs with such phrases as 'fcuk off' and 'stop animal hoarding', and animal skulls pinned to her neighbours' fences, accusing her of keeping too many animals.

Determined not to get caught up in a neighbourhood dispute, the Eatonsville shelter owner is making some signs of her own.

"I just thought, instead of entering a stupid slagging match, I'd put up a sign stating facts," she said.

"This is nothing about them, just the facts on how many animals we've rescued and how many animals we've re-homed."

Ms Rogers said it was disheartening to see such signs erected on neighbouring fences, when she was "trying to do the right thing".

"We've got plenty of proof we don't hoard, it's kind of sad that it has got to this point," she said.

"I have always had trouble with those people (who put up the signs).

"Even before I moved in, they set up a petition to try and get rid of me before I even finished building everything.

"Since then they've been complaining to the council and we've had court cases, but they haven't been able to get council to shut us down."

Ms Rogers said Happy Paws Haven had rescued more than 1500 animals since its inception in July 2006.

"I am not a hoarder; we re-home at a rate of two-four animals a week."

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