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New Canaan Woman Bitten By Donkey Fined For Loose Dogs

Chipper is a 20-year-old miniature donkey who lives at a home on North Wilton Road in New Canaan.
Chipper is a 20-year-old miniature donkey who lives at a home on North Wilton Road in New Canaan. Photo Credit: Bethany Zaro

NEW CANAAN, Conn.  – The New Canaan woman who was bitten by a donkey on Wednesday while trying to stop her dogs from attacking the animal was fined $334 for letting her pets run loose.

Erin Newlin of Lantern Ridge Road received four infractions from the New Canaan Office of Animal Control on Thursday. Newlin received a pair of infractions for animal nuisance and two infractions for animal roaming.

Animal Control Officer Maryann Kleinschmitt said Newlin’s dogs, both Siberian husky-German shepherd mixes, strayed from Newlin’s home and went to Bethany Zaro’s property where they attacked Zaro’s miniature mule, Chipper. The dogs left the property after Newlin’s invisible fence failed.

Kleinschmitt said Newlin’s arm was bitten by the donkey . Newlin was taken to a hospital by ambulance for treatment of her injury. The donkey was badly bitten, Kleinschmitt said, and was being treated by a veterinarian for puncture wounds on his back legs and left eye.

Kleinschmitt said the donkey will have to remain in quarantine for 14 days because he bit a human.  The donkey was up to date on its rabies shots, she said.

Kleinschimitt added that Newlin’s dogs could be considered vicious if they get loose again and they could be euthanized.