Little Compton dog owner charged for third time

Posted 9/23/22

Karen Ziarello, one of three Little Compton residents charged in an incident over leashed dogs, was charged on two separate occasions with the same offense — keeping animals at large (off …

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Little Compton dog owner charged for third time

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Karen Ziarello, one of three Little Compton residents charged in an incident over leashed dogs, was charged on two separate occasions with the same offense — keeping animals at large (off leash).

The first came Saturday, May 18, 2013, when a neighbor called police to complain that one of her dogs left her property and ended up on theirs. Police said this week that when they investigated, they found Zarriello's dog in a neighbor's yard.

The second instance occurred Feb. 5, 2020, when police said her dog wandered off her property and ended up in a neighbor's yard.

While Little Compton does not have a leash law, Section 4-2.1 of the Little Compton Town Code specifies that in the cases of animals at large, any animal owner who willfully or negligently permits any animal to "escape or stray from its enclosure or restraint," or allows it to wander or run at large on public or private property other than their own, faces a fine of not more than $20, or imprisonment not exceeding five days.

Police did not note the disposition of Zarriello's past charges, and no information on her cases could be found on the state's criminal information database.

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