Marshfield: Dog owner fails to comply with conditions to stop barking

Last December, Marshfield Selectmen granted Stephen and Susana Griffin 60 days to comply with eight conditions they set forth in order to control the barking of the family’s five Tibetan Mastiff dogs. However, at Monday’s night Selectmen’s meeting, Police Captain Phil Tavares confirmed the owners have only obeyed one condition.

Captain Tavares visited the home on Telegraph Hill just hours before the meeting, “There was a dog that was outside with nobody home and the dog continued to bark the entire time we were there which set off other dogs in the house that were barking.”

Tibetan Mastiffs are well-known for being watchdogs that are easily provoked and frequently bark.

Neighbor Neal Costello called Marshfield police six times since December sighting noise disturbance from excessive barking. But the Griffin’s lawyer explained consistent police presence has put the family under emotional stress: “My clients, for the past 60 days, have been walking around on egg shells.”

Costello repeatedly stated he was furious the Griffin’s are portraying themselves as victims, “We’re talking about my right to sit in my living room and not have 13 bulldogs barking in my ear 15-feet away. And I know the police officers and other people have been in my home, they know I’m not exaggerating.”

Marshfield Selectmen granted the Griffin family 30 extra days to comply with the seven other conditions before taking action to remove the dogs or enforce a monetary fine.The owners of the Tibetan Mastiffs are also dealing with another town case and will meet with the Zoning Board of Appeals later in the month to appeal a ruling that they’re running a kennel at their home.

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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.