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9/7/2012 10:01:00 PM
New homeowners distressed to learn next-door neighbor is a slaughterhouse
CourtesyBusiness owner Wade Caslin and neighbor George Garewal have filed requests for injunctions against each other in Prescott Judicial Court.

Business owner Wade Caslin and neighbor

George Garewal have filed requests for injunctions against each other in Prescott Judicial Court.

CourtesyGeorge Garewal stands in his backyard, which overlooks Wade’s Custom Meats on South Road 1 West. The two properties are separated by a large mound of dirt intended to act as a sound and physical barrier between Garewal’s fence line and Wade’s kill area.

George Garewal stands in his backyard, which overlooks Wade’s Custom Meats on South Road 1 West. The two properties are separated by a large mound of dirt intended to act as a sound and physical barrier between Garewal’s fence line and Wade’s kill area.
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CHINO VALLEY - For more than 35 years, the property at 1333 S Road 1 West has been the site of a slaughterhouse, first as Beefway Ranch, then as Wade's Custom Meats when Wade Caslin took over in 2009.

When the site first opened in the mid-1970s, the surrounding area just north of Outer Loop Road was miles and miles of open ranch land. Now, Wade's Custom Meats is bordered by homes and, of course, homeowners, like George Garewal.

In recent months, Garewal, who moved into his home next door to Wade's Custom Meats in 2011, has been involved in a back-and-forth debate with Caslin over various issues, including Caslin's killing process, which Garewal claims is unsafe, unsanitary, and poses a danger to both humans and animals in the area.

Garewal says that when it comes time to slaughter cattle, Caslin and his employees use a gated area that faces his home to contain the animals, then kills them with a rifle pointed directly at his home. The gated area is walled with steel plates.

"My biggest concern is, first and foremost, safety," says Garewal. "A rifle is being fired in the direction of my house. Then there's the quality of life. We can't really use our backyard, we have to keep our dogs inside, and we have to adjust our mealtimes around the gunshots."

Garewal said that when he moved into his home in May 2011, he owned horses that became so agitated at the sounds associated with the slaughter, he was forced to sell them.

Garewal added that neither the seller nor real estate agent informed him or his partner, Tonee McAfee, that a slaughterhouse was on the other side of the fence.

"We started to look at the property in early 2011, then visited in April, and moved in May of 2011," said Garewal. "If I had known that they were operating a slaughterhouse, I never would have moved in."

Garewal said that in early 2011, the only sign present was an old Beefway Ranch sign.

"When we moved in, the old sign, Beefway Ranch, was still up and it was kind of faded, so we didn't think they were operating."

In recent months, Caslin has erected a new Wade's Custom Meats sign.

After moving into his home, Garewal contacted Chino Valley Code Enforcement to file a complaint, but was told that Caslin was not in violation of any town code.

At the time, code enforcement was under the umbrella of the Development Services Department and code enforcement officer Mike Bovee. All code enforcement now falls under the control of the Chino Valley Police Department.

"I spoke with Mike Bovee and he said that everything is within the parameters of police and town code. I then emailed Police Chief Chuck Wynn and he also said that everything was up to code," said Garewal. "I just can't believe that they can operate this type of business in a neighborhood-zoned residential (area)."

"When Mr. Garewal contacted me, I looked into his complaints and found that Wade's Custom Meats was in full compliance with our codes, and there were no violations," said Bovee. "That property has been continually licensed, under either Beefway or as Wades, without a lapse, since the early- to mid-'70s."

According to Bovee, the property is currently zoned as commercial light and multiple residences. Permitted uses for commercial light are varied and itemized on with a search for "zoning."

Bovee added that the property is listed under legal non-conforming use, which means that the operation of the slaughterhouse was a legal use before the current zoning laws were in place, before Chino Valley was incorporated, a process commonly referred to as grandfathered zoning.

CVPD Cmdr. Mark Garcia concurs Caslin is operating within the boundaries of the law.

"Wade Caslin has not been cited. Our determination is that he is properly licensed and zoned and is within compliance," said Garcia.

Caslin also said he has never been cited, and plans to place an additional barrier between his property and the property next door. He declined further comment on advice from his attorney, Andy Jolley of Jolley Law, PLC, of Chino Valley.

"Wade has requested an injunction against harassment, but only to make sure that his employees are safe," said Jolley. "There have been threats made in the past, but only going in one direction, and not from Wade."

Jolley declined to comment on the specifics of the alleged threats, but did say he hopes the issue will be resolved soon.

"Wades Custom Meats would like cooler heads to prevail and neighbors to get along," said Jolley. "They understand that Mr. Garewal has concerns and there are ways to take care of that."

Jolley said that Caslin filed a workplace harassment injunction on Aug. 24 in Prescott Justice Court.

Garewal denies ever making threats against Caslin or any of his employees.

"His claim is baseless. I never threatened anyone. My deal is to approach this in the legal way," Garewal said.

When he was notified of the injunction, Garewal said he filed his own against Caslin.

McAfee said it's she and Garewal that should feel threatened.

"I want to feel that I could be in any part of my property and not have to feel that I could be shot. I want to know that my animals, my dogs, won't be shot," said McAfee.

In addition to the physical threat she feels, McAfee says the emotional strain is also a factor.

"I don't want to have to see them shooting and killing animals. Most slaughterhouses kill the animals inside. You just don't expose people to that. It's just decency, how you treat your neighbors," said McAfee. "If (town officials) are going to allow him to do that in a residential neighborhood, then he should have to take it inside."

Garewal presented his concerns to the Chino Valley Town Council as part of the Call to the Public portion of the Aug. 14 meeting.

Following the meeting, Caslin parked a large box truck as a buffer to the area between his property and Garewal's.

Matt Santos is a reporter with the Chino Valley Review.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Article comment by: Enough is Enough already!

Good for you Ton Von Deck whoever you are and for the people that are not bullying and trying to intimidate these people out of their home. Do y'all haters really think that for one second these people still want to live there under these circumstances, Nope they don't. They want out!!!! If they could get out they would hightail it out of there. How many of you could sell or walk away from your home tomorrow or ASAP? How many of you really know all of the facts? Some people just comment and ask questions that have already been addressed? Deaf ears or closed eyes in this case because people don't read the whole story or know the facts. They really had no idea... the signage wasn't there like it is now (as the picture in the paper shows) and it was not disclosed at all. My question is how are they going to sell that house now that everyone knows how the Chino people feel about others "that don't belong" lol really. Y'all are haters of people that don't fit in and go along with with your beliefs that it is ok to do this outside while neighbors reside within 40 yards of the gunfire. If you were in the woods and were hunting yes, go for it If he is so professional how does he justify all of the remains that are not treated properly and why does he kill them outside in plain view, shooting towards homes? Also he has not been in business there for 30 years plus remember it used to be "Beefway not Wade's" By the way my husband is a hunter and I do eat meat, I am not a vegan. They are not vegans either. He grew up on a ranch. They are not stupid ignorant people. All of the negative comments make you look stupid and ignorant. Let it be.... and the disclosure law will be addressed. It may take a while but hang in there! Don't let them bully you! Hindsight is 20/20 until it happens to you!

Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Von Deck

Looks like someone's going to be getting a letter in the mail soon from the state, and it's probably the realtor. Wade: Buy yourself some silencers. It isn't just one neighbor who doesn't like the noise.

Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Article comment by: Arizona Law

Ask the Arizona Real Estate Department to involve other branches of the State to investigate the sources of these racially slurred comments ie: "immigrants". I can only believe that some of these comments were a concerted effort by a group to diminish the laws of our state. If it is found with evidence that there is a teacher or town official found to be involved in this disrespect to our state, or a constituent of the state, he or she should also be held accountable for his or her actions. Regardless of how long a person has been in the state, he is a tax payer of the state and entitled to due process of the law.

Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Article comment by: Arizona Law

Our state of Arizona takes Disclosure law seriously. There are several precedent cases, "rulings" in your favor on this very issue. Go to the Arizona Department of Real Estate. There will be an investigation of all parties, specifically, the Agents and "Brokers" involved. There could very well be a revocation of licenses of these Brokers in the State of Arizona. After reading all the pages of comments, I can understand the unwillingness of other community members to come forward. The public ridicule of these comments are NOT a reflection of the States position on the responsibility of it's Real Estate, Agents and Brokers.

Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Article comment by: Back Woods

If you guys love Wade so much, why don't one of you buy Mr. Garewal's house and live by a slaughterhouse. I totally agree with the two of them, they were totally mislead, but after living here for 11 years, nothing surprises me.
And to "Cydners Mengini": What does whether they eat meat or don't eat meat have to do with the issue at hand?? ... And like they said, most slaughterhouses kill their victims inside, not outside for everyone to see. I've never heard of such a thing.
Wake up people, times change if you haven't noticed. We aren't back in the horse and buggy days, this is 2012. And don't be so nasty, that shows true ignorance.

Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Article comment by: The Rev

Could Wade use a bolt pistol instead of a rifle? Such a thing may promote goodwill.

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Von Deck

What an awful welcoming committee here. If most commenters bothered to read the home owner's comment, the seller deliberate avoided the inconvenient information before closing the deal. Therefore, this is not a case of someone moving next to an airport and complaining about noise. If he is correct, then I really hope there are legal precedents in cases of home sales for this - and I hope he wins the case. I think people should stop assuming he's some commie pinko intent on building a creative mosaic bench in a prominent location in town. He's probably not pure evil like all the creative people in the area.

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012
Article comment by: Dick Longmire

@Garewal... Looks like you're holding the biggest stick and got the biggest "Beef".
Just don't let Wade handle it. I aint no Perry Mason, but that might constitute a "Conflict of Interest"!

Okay! OkayI..I'm going to stay out of this, I got my own shrimp to fry!

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012
Article comment by: Ted's Perspective

People move to Arizona for many reasons. Over all they are not used to citizens being able to have firearms. People that live and move to Arizona are tired of the spin and fear about personal freedoms. Firearms are just a tool, in spite of the stereotype of fear on the subject. The more significant subject is why the person moved here, and was not aware of the business next to them.

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012
Article comment by: Wow I watched The u-tube

George... Move on! Would you rather them stab the steer and allow it to bleed to death? Cut into the juggler vein? You people move here to get into the country life style, then don't like it and want to change every thing and every one..

From the looks of the steer and the gun, I wouldn't be scared to live there. Wade took several safety measures, according to your video.

Dont like the heat get out of the kitchen! @ Dick... I haven't laughed so hard in so long! Thank You!!!

Wade, keep up the good work, you got a whole community behind you and what you do!

George, Wade is a great shot! Why would you think that he could miss his target from so close a distance?, gosh bet you could even do it with that distance.. Time to learn to be more neighborly!

George, you could learn a few things from Wade. If not.. Move on, cut your loses. Take accountability for not doing your home work.

We here in AZ. dont take kindly to all this liberal nonsense.. Cowboy up or shut up!

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012
Article comment by: G Garewal

@Here's Your Sign ALL ip addresses are recorded in these comments. I don't hide behind a computer. I comment using my name, not a pseudonym. The article reads nothing about a law suit. The only court I can guess your referring to is public opinion. Public opinion is only looking at a snippet from a newspaper article and rendering a verdict, without even knowing all the facts, and that has no merit. Remember, no matter what name you use the ip address of the computer is being registered. I thank everyone for the posts. They are on the server. Not as dumb as you thought!

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012
Article comment by: prescott native

I don't care where they came from, but I wish they'd find someplace else to go. Some time back when the Rosser street/highway 89 subdivision was being built another dumb transplant started a campaign because her beautiful mcmansion overlooked the industrial area and sewer ponds. She wanted the city to plant some trees to screen it (like there isn't enough in Watson Woods?). Did she buy the lot at night? Some people would bitch if you gave them a box of money because it wasn't packed tightly enough! btw Jeff Foxworthy is the "You might be a redneck if......" guy. Bill Engvall brought us "Here's your sign!" So Garewell and McAfee please do your homework on your next house, preferably far away from Chino Valley.

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012
Article comment by: Here's your Sign

If that really is G Garewal commenting, are you dumb? If you plan on taking any legal action for this (and you know you really dont have a case) your comments on here are public information and most likely would brought up against you, even if your attorney objected and it was upheld. In a jury trial you just screwed by your own comments.

By the way what were you thinking when you moved in next to a slaughter house? Jeff Foxworthy said it best "here's your sign". It was there but it was faded I didn't think much about it. What makes you think the realtor had to disclose that to you? It is your duty as a home/land buyer to make sure you do the research on the property you plan on buying. Important stuff like is it in a fire disctrict, is it in the town police district or will you have to wait for the Sheriff to arrive. Water rights, sewer vs septic. Face it dude, you failed to do your due diligence before you made a purchase and no you have buyers remorse or do you have buyers remorse for another reason?

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012
Article comment by: Dick Longmire

I ain't posting in favor of Wade's no more. Every time I do I put my name in my mouth. Well...,one last comment:
"Wade built that, ain't nobody built that for him".

This message is endorsed by Dick Longmire!

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012
Article comment by: Laurie Boaz to George

George writes..."If you know anything about horses, you can recognize the different ways a horse communicates, Nay , Nicker, Snort, Whinny or Scream. Any real horseman can tell you tell the difference..."

NOW I'm laughing. (not crying, shouting, sneezing or coughing...)

Go home George.

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012
Article comment by: What's Next?

Hey, maybe I should move next to the airport then demand they shut down because it's too noisy!

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012
Article comment by: Mob Mentality

A few words for you posters:

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012
Article comment by: Dick Longmire

@CRiMINAL OF OUR SOCIETY... Monica Lewinsky left the democratic party!
Her reasoning was that it left a bad taste in her mouth. Your short shortsightedness may lead you to consider your perspective, as well!

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012
Article comment by: Criminals in Our Society

How's come every other Cali transplant is some kind of convict? Half of them don't have driver's licenses, and most live off welfare. I have crappy neighbors, too, George. They sound a lot like you - they complain about EVERYTHING and are responsible for nothing. But playing the Vet card is, at best, some kind of desperate ploy for pity. You got it, buddy, I pity you FOR SURE.

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012
Article comment by: Rambo, J

Bring your hate back to California, we don't need you!

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012
Article comment by: G Garewal

I had just moved the camera to a 45 degree angle to my house because I would have be in the line of fire. That is why I said what i did. If you know anything about horses, you can recognize the different ways a horse communicates, Nay , Nicker, Snort, Whinny or Scream. Any real horseman can tell you tell the difference. We have been given the run around for a year. You call this country? Where I come from this is rural. Everyone has their different perspective on thing. Just like the hippies, you belittle Vets and call us Vets baby killers. Even Californians have more respect for their God, "Country".

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012
Article comment by: Dick Longmire

Oops! I....I...aye.yai..yai
Now your gonna want me to sell my house too? I can't..I got a broke back and a mountain of stuff to move.

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012
Article comment by: Google George garewal

If you Google him, you will see he came from California and has quite a history with the court system there.

Wade should be the one worried about his new neighbors.

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012
Article comment by: Bill D

I watched the video that you made, and you make no sense about the shooting. If they were shooting towards your house, why did you stand there with your camera? Undoubtably you weren't afraid of being shot, or you wouldn't have stood there for that amount of time. What does a animal sound like when it's dying? I also live out in the country, and I hear the horses and cows banging against their stalls all the time, does that mean they are dying also? So actually the horse in the background at one point was just whinnying for something going on in it's own corral. Dude, get a life, undoubtably you are a transplant from the city, either go back to the city, or give in and deal with it. You moved here about a year or so ago, and just bitchin' about it now, I thinks I smell a suit so you can get some mo' money. Just because you're a vet doesn't give you the right to act like an idiot. Grow up, you and your girlfriend are acting like spoiled children, you don't always get your way. BTW, the film looks like you were on Wade's property when you filmed it, did you get Wade's permission to film them, and then post it to the internet under another name? Last question, why didn't you complain last year, I'm sure Wade didn't just start doing this this yea, right?

Posted: Sunday, September 09, 2012
Article comment by: @Dick Longmire

I think you need to rephrase that but I got a good laugh anyway.

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