Jun 122013

By Linda Kor
A kennel owner currently under investigation by the Town of Taylor has withdrawn his application to open another kennel in Vernon.
Windflower Ranch Kennels owner John Banker had submitted an application for a conditional use permit to Apache County, which was to be considered June 6. That meeting was cancelled when Banker withdrew his application; no reason was given for that decision.
Banker remains under investigation by the Town of Taylor for allegedly violating town code regarding animal licensing. The Navajo County Attorney’s Office is also reviewing charges against Banker of animal cruelty submitted by Taylor Town Attorney Sterling Solomon.
Banker still operates his kennel in Taylor, which is believed to house approximately 40 purebred dogs.