Selectmen accept compromise on dangerous dog case
By K.B. Sherman, Contributing Writer
Shrewsbury – In October 2013, after months of wrangling, the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen ordered a dangerous dog euthanized after it had made multiple attacks on townspeople. Dogs “Saydee” and “Pesky,” owned by Jeneen Demers, 31 Westmont Road, were the subjects of the ongoing dispute. At the October meeting, Saydee was ordered to be humanely euthanized.
Subsequently, Demers protested the destruction order. At the Jan.28 selectmen’s meeting, the board unanimously agreed to sign a compromise that had been reached. Under the agreement, Saydee has been formally adopted by a family in another town and the dog is under orders never to return to Shrewsbury. If Saydee is again spotted in Shrewsbury, it will be taken by the dog officer and euthanized.
In other action at this meeting, the owner of Shrewsbury Village updated the board on continuing improvements aimed at increasing shopping at the site which will involve moving the stream that flows through the development. Such a change will involve town vote approval under conservation rules.
A voter request to change the speed limit on Route 140 was also discussed with the board, which voted 4-1 to use town resources to run speed tests on the road.
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