Couple sues neighbors over dogs and hogs invading their property

David Yates Dec. 3, 2013, 10:06am

Fed up with noxious odors and escaped dogs and hogs destroying their property, Mary and Rowland Dennis have filed suit against their neighbors, Jimmy and Rhonda Hill.

The suit was filed Nov. 27 in Jefferson County District Court. 

According to the lawsuit, for more than five years the defendants have operated a commercial business of trading and training dogs in connection with the hunting of hogs at their Beaumont residence, which is adjacent to the plaintiff’s property.

“Defendants have kept continuously between 4-30 dogs and 1-5 hogs in flimsy pens … which fail to secure said animals within the enclosures,” the suit states.

“Plaintiffs … have endured ill-smelling odors … and frequently hogs or dogs invade the property of plaintiffs and have on occasion destroyed animals or property belonging to plaintiffs.”

The escaped animals have also approached the plaintiffs and their grandchildren in a menacing manner, the suit states.

The plaintiffs have involved the authorities and despite promises by the defendants that they would make sure the animals would no longer trespass, incidents still occur, according to the lawsuit.

The plaintiffs are seeking an award of exemplary damages, an injunction to halt the defendants from maintaining dogs and hogs on their property and attorney’s fees.

Port Arthur attorney Carl Parker represents them.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. E195-008

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