Mediator to settle NJ dog dispute

October 3, 2008 6:56:45 AM PDT
It will be up to a mediator to settle a dispute after a neighbor's dog urinated on Allenhurst Mayor Robert Wolf's lawn.Wolf filed a complaint saying the dog caused bald spots to appear after Mark Finley allowed the dog to urinate on the lawn between the sidewalk and the curb.

Before going to court Thursday, the mayor requested that Finley sign a letter of apology and that Finley would never do it again.

Finley refused, saying he didn't do any damage and "every dog urinates."

Wolf refused to comment.

Finley and several residents of the tiny Monmouth County town believe the complaint was in retaliation after a resident asked about a possible code violation. The mayor's wife was operating an Internet business from their home.

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