Sewickley dog rescue operation fighting to stay open

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SEWICKLEY TOWNSHIP, Pa. —

A Beaver County woman is fighting to keep her Sewickley dog rescue operation running after more than a decade.

Gentle Ben’s Giant Breed Rescue is being threatened with closure after Sewickley Township leaders questioned whether the operation should be classified as a commercial kennel as opposed to a nonprofit.

Noreen Kohl and her husband have been taking in and caring for large-breed dogs at the New Sewickley property for more than 10 years.

Kohl said she does her work for the animals, not the money.

“We just can’t let this shut down,” Kohl said. “I just don’t know what would happen to all the dogs. There are so many dogs out there that need help, and we’re really the only one in this area that will take in the large dogs.”

Kohl, who said she and her husband lose about $10,000 a year taking in the dogs, plans to appeal the board’s decision.