Pit bulls amputate 75-yr-old neighbour’s leg

The owners of two pit bulls that mauled a 75-year-old woman and forced the partial amputation of her leg have pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors say San Diego’s Alba Cornelio and her daughter Carla Cornelio pleaded not guilty Thursday to two felony counts of having a mischievous animal that causes serious bodily injury and six misdemeanor code violations.

Both remained jailed Thursday, and a call to their home seeking comment was not returned.

San Diego Animal Control says the Cornelios bred and sold pit bull puppies.

Two of their dogs got through a gap in the fence and mauled their next door neighbor, Emako Mendoza, in her backyard on June 18.

Mendoza remains hospitalized and the two dogs were euthanized at the owners' request.


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