Frog Phobic New York Man Awarded $1.6 Million

Clarence, NY – A homeowner suffering from ranidaphobia in the town of Clarence, northeast of Buffalo, was awarded $1.6 million in damages after water runoff caused his property to be besieged in frogs, inadvertently turning it into a wetland habitat.

Paul Marinaccio Sr., 65, expressed feeling like a prisoner in his home, petrified, while inundated with the slimy amphibians after storm water was diverted onto his 40-acre property, creating a breeding ground for mosquitos. The abundant food source and soggy earth triggered the massive frog population.


In court, Marinaccio described having his adult daughter come by a few nights a week to “shoo” away frogs as they blocked his garage, driveway, and doors.

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