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    Once the late 1980s, Dale Martins has run a small pet grooming business, which includes specialty services like hand stripping terriers by removing dead hairs off their coats and grooming cats and show dogs.

    The future of her business, which began on Gorman Road and later moved to Harding Road in North Laurel nearly a decade ago, is hinged on a technicality: She is 0.0091 acres short of operating a legal in-house pet grooming business in Howard County.

    The zoning issue began when a neighbor called and complained about dogs barking, revealing the business was not allowed on a property too small for a pet grooming establishment, according to county records.

    Dale and her husband, Timothy, petitioned the county in August last year to change the county's zoning regulations by decreasing the minimum lot size for in-house pet grooming establishments from one acre to 0.5 acres.

    But the proposal hit a wall early in the process....
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