In January, a mother and daughter were charged with involuntary manslaughter after a fatal dog attack six months ago, according to 10 News in San Diego. Alba Cornelio, 39, and her 20-year-old daughter, Carla own two female pit bulls who escaped their backyard and attacked and killed their 75-year-old neighbor.
Both women plead not guilty. If convicted they face up to 4 years and 8 months in prison. They face additional charges for failing to protect the public from a dangerous animal.
The victim died three weeks after the attack, which is when the prosecution increased the charges to manslaughter. The dogs also escaped previously in 2010, attacking a puppy and its owner. In the current case, the prosecution argues that the defendants did not take all precautions to secure the dangerous canines. The women’s attorney, Donovan Dunnion, claims that the dogs were “running away from a swarm of bees” when the 2010 attack occurred.
“It was a horrific event,” Dunnion says. “Everything that could have been done, I think, was done.”
The women will certainly have their day in court. Have you or a loved one been injured by a vicious dog?
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