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Fatal dog attack results in manslaughter charges

She was 75 years old and going out to get the morning newspaper lying in her yard. That's when two pit bulls brutally attacked her, leaving her with horrific wounds that eventually resulted in her death.

Now the two women -- a mother and daughter -- who own the dogs in the attack far from us in La Crosse are to be charged with involuntary manslaughter.

The San Diego mother, 40, and daughter, 20, face up to four years and eight months each in state prison if they're convicted on the charges.

Their dogs attacked their elderly neighbor on Christmas Eve.

The neighbor was in her fenced-in yard at the time of the attack. Witnesses said the dogs forced their way through a gap in the fence separating the yards and attacked the woman.

The victim had to undergo surgery to amputate her left arm below the elbow. Later, surgeons amputated her left leg below the knee. More recently, doctors had been forced to amputate her right leg as well.

The victim had spent her time in physical rehabilitation centers and hospitals since the dogs attacked her last June. She underwent a series of eight surgeries after the brutal dog-bite attack.

After her death, her husband of 54 years said, "We were always together everywhere. We really looked after each other real good."

They had lived in their home 40 years, he said.

There was no word in the article we read on this tragedy about whether the husband is seeking compensation from the neighbors for his wife's enormous medical bills.

Source: "Mom, Daughter To Stand Trial In Fatal Dog Attack," April 23, 2012

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