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Lawsuit filed over Stonington dog park

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Lawsuit filed over Stonington dog park (WFSB) Lawsuit filed over Stonington dog park (WFSB)

An open space in Stonington Borough has been used for years as a dog park but is actually just open space for future expansion of the pollution control works.

However, neighbors told the town they will sue if it doesn’t come up with rules and regulations for the dog park.

"I think it’s just overkill with the stuff. The dogs don't bother anybody,” said park user Ken Harris.

Even though there is a sign posted to leash, curb, and clean up after the dogs with available waste bags, neighbors Laura Ann Gabrysch and Frank Mastrapasqua said in their notice to sue that the park could lower their property value, and their right to use it and quiet enjoyment is limited.

Property owners sighted one dozen actions, or inactions, by the town leaders, including: Maintenance of the town property, Fencing allows dogs to run off leash in contravention of Borough regulations, as well as create an extreme hazard and threat to the public by allowing dogs to roam unleashed.

However, other neighbors said they don’t know what all the fuss is about.

"Dogs rarely bark honestly. Between neighbor’s dogs and everything else you never know what it is,” said David Quirk, who lives near the park.

The attorney for property owner Michael Bonnano said the town agreed to install a fence, thus keeping roaming dogs and people off his client’s property, the sea wall and beach, a liability.

The lawyer said his clients paid for the fence, and all they want is another agreement to approve rules and regulations for use of the park.

First Selectman George Crouse said he can’t discuss pending litigation, but said the waterfront commission is working toward creating rules and guidelines for this dog park.

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