Edgartown selectmen take bonds, seek charges, in dog complaint

— File photo by Ralph Stewart

Updated 8:45 am Friday, April 19, 2013

Edgartown selectmen Tuesday ordered dog owner Elliott Bennett to forfeit $400 that she had put up as a bond and directed the town’s animal control officer to seek criminal complaints against her after receiving a report that her two dogs got loose in violation of an earlier selectmen’s order.

Animal control officer Barbara Prada told selectmen that she responded to a report of a yellow Labrador named Bessy and a pug named Pumpkin owned by Ms. Bennett running loose in Edgartown Estates, a development off Herring Creek Road. “That’s a direct violation of the orders,” Ms. Prada told selectmen at their weekly meeting held Tuesday due to Monday’s holiday.

At an earlier public hearing, selectmen ordered a $200 bond placed on each dog, and ordered the dogs restrained after they killed a neighbor’s cat.

“Obviously, it didn’t solve the problem,” selectman Michael Donaroma said.

Mr. Donaroma and selectman Margaret Serpa voted to seize the money and pursue criminal complaints. They agreed to wait for the outcome of the criminal action before considering more bonds on the dogs. Selectman Art Smadbeck did not attend the meeting.

Also Tuesday, selectmen acknowledged a letter from Gerret Conover, owner of the Charlotte Inn, in which he expressed disappointment and concern that town boards had approved live music at the Port Hunter restaurant on Main Street, operated by Patrick and Ted Courtney.

Mr. Conover expressed concern about music and late-night patrons of the restaurant disturbing guests at his inn.

Mr. Conover was on the agenda to appear at the selectmen’s meeting, but he did not attend. He said in a phone call to The Times Friday that he asked selectmen to cancel his appearance.

Patrick and Ted Courtney did attend. Patrick Courtney declined comment after the meeting.

Selectmen took no action on the letter of complaint.

This article was updated to clarify that Mr. Conover said he asked selectmen to cancel his appearance at the meeting Monday.