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Friday, September 29, 2023

It’s up to a Gainesville City Commission

committee to decide whether Bruce Baber can have his business


After a series of approvals and disapprovals

earlier this year, the city decided that Baber wasn’t allowed to

sit dogs in his house, which he had been doing for his income since

the 1980s.

He was upset at the neighbors who filed the

appeal that banned his business, but he’s trying to work past


For now, he’s walking dogs for $5 per dog, per

walk, and he’s adopted a dog, Abbey. She keeps him company in his

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now-quiet house.

The committee, the Community Development

Committee, will decide whether to pass along a proposal to change a

city code to allow pet businesses to be run from houses. The

proposal limits the number and types of animals that could be kept

for pay.

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