Pit Bull Owners Face New Charges After Victim’s Death

Emako Mendoza (via the LA Times)

Alba Cornelio, 39, and Carla Cornelio, 20, face new charges of involuntary manslaughter after the death of Emako Mendoza, 76. Mendoza was attacked in June of 2011 by two pitbulls owned by the Cornelias.

Prosecutors filed involuntary manslaughter charges Wednesday against a mother and daughter whose pit bulls attacked a Paradise Hills woman in her backyard in June, leaving her with serious injuries.

After undergoing multiple surgeries, the woman died on Christmas Eve.

Alba Cornelio, 39, and Carla Cornelio, 20, had already pleaded not guilty to felony and misdemeanor charges related to owning dogs that caused great bodily injury and failing to protect the public from the animals.

The women were arraigned on the new charges Wednesday morning in San Diego Superior Court. They now face up to four years and eight months in prison if convicted. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Jan 2012

The attack happened after Mrs. Mendoza went into her backyard to pick up a newspaper. The dogs broke through the fence and mauled the victim. She later had parts of one arm and both legs amputated. Authorities later euthanized the two dogs, as well as a litter of puppies.

This was not the first incident involving the dogs.

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