Dog Farm Owner Lifts Ban Against JMU students

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

A dog farm owner is welcoming James Madison University Students again.

Usually students are allowed to come to the farm to play with the dogs, if they give a donation.

However, recently the owners said the visits from the students got out of control.

Carolyn Bedy is trying to get her mind off finals.

"I like to come here because it's a nice stress reliever to play with the puppies," Bedy said.

A few days ago the Gap View Ranch and Kennel was off limits for JMU students.

"I was a little upset that to think that because some other people weren't respecting it now some other students have to pay for that," Bedy said.

Owner David Liskey said students had to be banned because they did not follow simple rules.

He said JMU students have been showing up non-stop.

"People just started to assume that they could show up whenever they wanted and that they didn't need to make an appointment," Besdy said.

Liskey said 40 students showed up without an appointment.

According to Liskey, some of them left the pens open and dogs killed two of his turkeys.

" It's just there are very few rules and they're very simple. I mean if you can't follow these simple rules something is wrong," Liskey said.

He said they also mixed the puppies from pens.

The owner said he allows students to come now.

But he only schedules a few of them when families are picking puppies.

"Business is business, the actual paying customer comes first, and then the JMU to play and socialize comes second," Liskey said.

Before groups could come while customers chose a dog.

That's something Bedy understands.

If i were a paying customer it would kind of disappoint me a bit because maybe they would tire out the puppies and i actually couldn't see what they're like and it would make it harder for me to choose or they would be playing with the puppy I liked," Bedy said.

Liskey said he doesn't mind students coming to the farm because they help the puppies socialize.

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