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Dog Owner: Pet Was Threatened in Easton Preserve

EASTON, Conn. ? The saga over new leash rules at the Trout Brook Valley nature preserve continues with Easton Police receiving a complaint from a resident that a woman riding a horse in the preserve threatened to shoot her dog.

The resident's Nov. 7 call stated that a woman on horseback made the threat after claiming the dog attacked her mount, police said.

Police said they spoke with the rider, who charges that the dog attacked her horse and was not on a leash. When police and animal control officers checked the horse, Capt. James Candee said, they saw visible marks on its snout, “but they appeared to be old injuries.”

The complainant, police said, acknowledged that her dog was off its leash but denied that an attack occurred. She also said at no point did the woman on horseback brandish a weapon.

Candee said the case has been closed. “We could not corroborate any of this or that any gun was involved," he said. "We found no substance to these complaints."

The Aspetuck Land Trust announced in October that for the next year, while a wildlife study is being conducted, all dogs entering the trails must be on leashes. The new rule has angered dog owners, many of whom say they will not obey it.

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