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Animal Abuse at Valley's Largest Pet Spa

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Last night, the Studio City Neighborhood Council (SCNC) took up the issue of Chow Bella, a Studio City animal grooming and boarding facility that has been at the center of repeated animal abuse allegations.

Three hours into an otherwise routine meeting, the twelve-member board considered asking the Department of City Planning to review the local pet spa’s zone variance, granted to them in 2005. A zone variance allows the limited overnight boarding of dogs.

“Frankly,” said board member Remy Kessler, “[just asking for a review] is too weak.”

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Instead, the Council voted unanimously to request that the city revoke Chow Bella’s zone variance. Throngs of supporters cheered the motion and viewed the passage as the first battle in a war against a business they feel to be egregious violators of animal rights.