Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Swampscott, MA - Vicious dogs and tall fences do not make good neighbors, according to the Zoning Board of Appeals. But the ZBA does not have authority to order dogs out of town, so it quickly granted a variance allowing a resident to put up an 8.5-foot tall stockade fence because of two allegedly vicious dogs.
Hugh James Schultz Jr, the owner of the dogs, said the dogs are a pit bull mix and have been removed from the property. He in fact claims that the DeVellis's built the fence before he moved in and used his dogs as an excuse to get the permit. ZBA chairman, Daniel Doherty, didn't believe the dog owner for a second after watching a video that the DeVellis's showed him.
“These two pit bulls were vicious,” Doherty said. “I was outraged and do not believe those dogs should even be in town. I wanted them out of town the next day. This is a serious public safety issue. Those dogs are unbelievably vicious.”
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