SAN DIEGO – A woman and her daughter who owned two pit bulls involved in catastrophic attack in 2011 were both convicted yesterday if involuntary manslaughter and two counts each of owning a mischievous animal that caused death, the Union Tribune reported.
On June 18, 2011, 75-year-old Emako Mendoza was mauled by two female pit bulls in her own front yard in Paradise Hills. Emako had walked outside to pick up the newspaper around 6:30 a.m. when she was brutally mauled by the two dogs who had squeezed through a hole in the front yard. Her injuries were so severe that her leg had to be amputated below the knee and her arm was amputated below the elbow. She underwent eight surgeries and eventually had to have her right leg amputated as well. Emako was readmitted to the hospital on December 23, 2011, and died the next day. She was 76.
The owners of the dogs, Alba Cornelio, 39, and Carla Cornelio, 19, bred and sold puppies, and had previously faced other criminal charges including serious bodily injury from a mischievous animal, failure to provide public protection from dogs, owning or having custody of a dangerous animal/dog causing injury and failure to restrain a dog. The same two dogs that attacked Emako Mendoza in June 2011 attacked a neighbor’s poodle puppy on Christmas Day in 2010.
Alba and Carla Cornelio are due for sentencing on March 11th and face up to four years in prison.
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