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Manure Pile Dump In New Brunswick Leads To $17,000 Payout For Grumpy Neighbours

02/02/2017 03:16 EST | Updated 02/02/2017 04:43 EST

A New Brunswick couple have to pay more than $17,000 after they dumped a massive pile of manure beside their property, a judge ruled last month.

David and Joan Gallant sued their neighbours, Lee and Shirley Murray, last summer alleging nuisance, trespass and harassment and claiming damages, according to CBC News.

The Gallants bought the next-door property from the Murrays in Indian Mountain, near Moncton, in 2001 and got along well with their neighbours until November 2013, the broadcaster reported.

That’s when the Murrays were accused of leaving a “mountain” of cow dung next to their property, according to CBC News. It’s unclear why.

The pile was so large that at one point it could be seen by Google Earth satellites.

But even though the Gallants asked for the pile to be cleared multiple times, even when it spread to their property, it stayed put until October 2014.

But the wall of stink wasn’t the Murrays' only act of aggression.

The couple used a snowblower to blow snow and rocks onto their neighbours' property, and probably let cows trample the Gallants' lawn, Court of Queen’s Bench Justice George Rideout said in an affidavit obtained by the National Post.

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The approximate location of a manure pile removed from Lee and Shirley Murray's property in 2014. At one point, the pile could be seen on Google Earth. (Photo: Google Earth)

“I have little doubt these activities were initiated by the Murrays and designed to inflict fear, nuisance and harassment against the Gallants,” he said.

Defendant denies harassment claims

Lee Murray said in a call with the Post he and Shirley planned to appeal, saying his neighbours were just looking for money and that they were the ones being aggressive.

“There’s more to this,” he said. “This thing isn’t over yet.”

This isn't the first time people have been accused of dumping spite-motivated cow dung piles.

Last fall, a Rhode Island couple were ordered to remove a heap of manure near their neighbours' property line. The offended neighbour claimed the couple were retaliating because he hosts weddings.

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