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There are aggravating neighbour disputes in every city, and then there is the Ontario couple on a pleasant street in suburban Pickering who found a dead coyote splayed on the hood of their pick-up truck the morning after an argument with the man next door.
Blood dripped from the animal’s mouth as the couple recoiled in horror. They looked up to see their neighbour, waiting and watching in his car.
He grinned when they saw him and slowly drove away.
That incident — accepted by a judge in a civil dispute who described it as like “a death threat in a Mafia movie” — was the dramatic culmination of what started, as it often does, with minor complaints.
In this case it was a disagreement over the care of a narrow strip of grass separating the neighbours’ driveways and escalated quickly to criminal charges and lawsuits.
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