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Former Calgrove Kennels sold

Plans are to build a storage facility on the property

Posted: July 12, 2016 5:28 p.m.
Updated: July 12, 2016 5:28 p.m.
Calgrove Kennels closed in June 2011. Signal archive photo/photo by Jonathan Pobre Calgrove Kennels closed in June 2011. Signal archive photo/photo by Jonathan Pobre
Calgrove Kennels closed in June 2011. Signal archive photo/photo by Jonathan Pobre
Photo courtesy of Jim Mangassarian with Realty Executives Photo courtesy of Jim Mangassarian with Realty Executives
Photo courtesy of Jim Mangassarian with Realty Executives
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After caring for family pets for 40 years, the property which once operated as Calgrove Kennels has been sold.

The property sits on 2.5 acres on The Old Road off the Interstate 5 and Calgrove Blvd. exit.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the property had been listed for $2.5 million.

Jim Mangassarian with Realty Executives in Newhall represented the seller.

The property was zoned as M-1 for light manufacturing.

New owners are listed as WC Newhall of Los Angeles.

“They’re going to build a storage facility,” Mangassarian said.

After 40 years in the pet sitting business, Calgrove Kennels owner Mike Lovingood closed the kennel in June 2011.

A Vietnam War veteran, Lovingood, bought the property from Caltrans. He then spent nearly two years to get approval to build the dog kennel, he said in 2011.

Over the many years of operation, Lovingood said he had battled problems with the county’s flood control channel which bordered his property, and then The Old Road being built up two to three feet higher requiring he build a bridge for customers to access his kennel.

In the spring of 2011, he had invested $42,000 in maintenance and repairs before the busy vacation season began for families, when his longtime kennel manager resigned.

The strain of everything led to a stress attack that Lovingood originally mistook for a heart attack. After that scare, he decided to throw in the towel on the kennel he had devoted most of his life to.

“Mike moved to Northern California to Bass Lake near Yosemite,” Mangassarian said. “He purchased a home on a 10-acre wooded property and took all of his toys with him.”

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