Marshfield: Officials delay Mastiff dog removal order

Marshfield selectmen voted Tuesday night to extend the date of their order of removal of noisy Mastiff dogs in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood.

Selectmen were slated to vote on the order of the Griffin’s 5 dogs from their property at 147 Telegraph Hill Road, after finding a violation of conditions ordered back in 2011.

Neighbors have complained bitterly about incessant noise from the mouthy Mastiffs.

However, selectmen granted a request from the family’s attorney to provide additional time for Susana Griffin, who’s out of the country, to review the draft order, which could include a settlement and waiver of appeal to avoid costly litigation to both the town and family.

Selectman John Hall wasn’t exactly pleased with the idea of extending the time and told the family’s attorney, “That night we had the hearing here and set the date for tonight, did you know that she was not going to be here tonight?”

“Yes” the attorney replied.

“We did not know she was going to be here tonight and you’re saying that we can’t discuss anything – we can’t agree on anything because she’s not here tonight”, Hall said.

“No sir, I am not saying that to you. I asked for an accommodation, that’s all. It’s up to you to decide whether or not to grant that accommodation”.

Selectmen unanimously voted to approve the order of removal effective next Tuesday, to give the Griffins more time to review the draft order.


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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.