Town again targeting dog owners at 22 Piave St.

Town again targeting dog owners at 22 Piave St.

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Despite repeated warnings and citations over several years, including several that led to property cleanups and overall changes, town officials are again targeting the residents of 22 Piave St. for the way they keep animals.

The home, which in the past has been the key driver in rule changes and crackdowns on breeding animals in town, is now seeing four large dogs routinely escaping through openings in the fences and roaming the Charles Street area, said Town Councilor Ken Amoriggi last week. The dogs have been going after other dogs, he said, and have been picked up by Animal Control Officer Ernie Calandra on multiple occasions.

Amoriggi noted that pending new rules on leashing and keeping of animals, coming at Councilor Steven DiLorenzo’s request, will help deliver consequences to the owners of the dogs. New rules, up for a vote of the full council next month, call for a fine of $100 for a second offense of the leash law and $200 for each subsequent offense, up from $25 for offenses currently.

The council, at Amoriggi’s request during its Oct. 6 meeting, sent a letter to Calandra asking him to assess the latest situation at 22 Piave St. and speak to the owners before getting back to the council on his findings at the Nov. 4 meeting.

Council President Dino Autiello, a rescue dog owner, commended Amoriggi for tackling the issue once again, saying it’s “unfortunate that this address (22 Piave) is on our agenda once again.” He said it’s “just awful what’s going on in this house,” saying it’s “animal cruelty” and “I’m really sick and tired of what’s going on over there.”