DENNIS ― The legal battle is over, but relations between the owner of a property at 716 Route 6A and the former tenant who operated an ice cream shop there are as chilly as ever.

On Monday, two weeks after business owners Carter and Paul Catalano moved the Ice Cream Smuggler out of the property owned by Patricia Hassett, photos and videos were posted on Hassett’s Facebook page called Save the Landlady showing damage to the building and equipment.

“Why would someone go out of their way to rip apart the walk-in freezer downstairs in the ice cream store?” Hassett's daughter, Jody Hassett Sanchez, asks in a video showing a strip of metal that appears to have been damaged in an attempt to pry it from the corner of a walk-in freezer. She goes on to say that the damage appears to have been done deliberately with a crowbar.

In January 2017, the Catalanos ― who bought the Ice Cream Smuggler business from its second owner in 2005 ― initiated a lengthy legal battle over whether they had any rights to the bow-roof Cape built by Hassett and her late husband, who opened the original Ice Cream Smuggler there in 1979.

In the suit, the Catalanos alleged they were not given a chance to renegotiate a new lease before Hassett signed with a competing ice cream business, Cape Cod Creamery, and that Hassett violated a condition of the previous lease that would have required her to sell the property to the Catalanos.

The Hassett family has maintained that it offered a new lease to the Catalanos eight months before the prior lease expired, but the Catalanos did not agree to the terms.

A Barnstable Superior Court judge dismissed the suit in July 2017 and a Massachusetts Appeals Court judge upheld the dismissal this past June.

The parties then reached a settlement agreement that allowed the Catalanos to stay in the building until Oct. 15. The Ice Cream Smuggler closed its doors for good on Sept. 30, after operating there without a lease since May 2017.

Over the course of the suit, the Catalanos launched a social media campaign on the Ice Cream Smuggler’s Facebook page using the hashtag #savethesmuggler, and sold T-shirts with “Save the Smuggler — Cape Cod” printed across the front. Their Facebook page shows photos of customers wearing the T-shirts in the shop and at locations around the world.

In March, Hassett countered by creating a Facebook page of her own: Save the Landlady. Hassett’s page shows photos and newspaper clippings of family members building and operating the ice cream shop in its early years.

The photos and videos posted on Save the Landlady on Monday were far different, showing missing walk-in freezer and cooler doors that were allegedly ripped from their hinges and taken away, bathroom walls that were stripped of mirrors, and dangling wires where a compressor for a walk-in freezer had been “hacked off and removed from the property,” according to the posts.

Hassett Sanchez had gone to the property the morning of Oct. 15 and recorded the videos and photos as documentation, she said.

“The damage was more extensive that what my mom posted online,” she said. “We anticipate the cost of repairs will be quite extensive.”

The Catalanos maintain they left the property in good shape.

“We are deeply surprised and hurt by these accusations,” Carter Catalano wrote in an email to the Times on Wednesday. “They are completely unfounded. We took particular care to leave the shop, which was like a home to us for 14 years, in good condition.”

In accordance with the terms of the settlement, the Catalanos only removed items from the building that they had purchased, and hired professionals to disassemble and move the equipment, Catalano wrote.

“Over the years we made upgrades to the location including an air conditioning system, cosmetic improvements and the installation of a patio space,” she wrote. “Before our final day we repainted and made small repairs to the interior.”

A video posted on the Ice Cream Smuggler Facebook page on Oct. 15 shows a man painting over colorful stencils of ice cream cones on the shop’s interior walls. Photos posted on Oct. 16 show the shop’s dining room and counter area that appear to be cleared of furniture, along with photos of the building’s basement and exterior.

Ali Malone, owner of AMG Realty in Barnstable, which specializes in leasing and selling commercial properties, says the saga should serve as a reminder for tenants and landlords to make sure renewal options are written into lease agreements.

“The person handling the lease, if they don’t pay attention to renewals, then this is what happens,” Malone said.

For both the Catalanos and the Hassetts, the conclusion of the Ice Cream Smuggler’s 40-year history at the property has been more bitter than sweet.

“This is a sad chapter of us, but our intention has always been to move on with as much dignity as possible,” Catalano wrote. “These allegations are painful and personal — not only because they are untrue but because they deliberately misrepresent our character and reputation.”

“We had hoped this would be the final chapter and that it would end well but that was not to be,” Hassett Sanchez said.

— Follow Kristen Young on Twitter: @KristenCCT.