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Carla Cornelio who was convicted in a fatal pit bull attack has been sentenced with a 4-year prison term.
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SAN DIEGO - The San Diego woman whose two pit bulls attacked her 75-year-old next-door neighbor, resulting in her death months later, was sentenced Monday to four years in state prison.

Carla Cornelio, 21, was convicted last month of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Emako Mendoza.

Cornelio's mother, Alba, was also convicted but will be sentenced later because she is hospitalized with leukemia and a heart condition.

Attorney John O'Connell, representing Carla Cornelio, asked for leniency from the judge prior to sentencing.

"Carla did not commit this attack," he said. "She did not kill Mrs. Mendoza. She's a good person, providing for her family when her mother got sick. If it wasn't for these dogs, you'd never see her in court."
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Carla Cornelio will serve her sentence locally due to prison overcrowding. Sixty-four days were removed from her overall sentence for time served.

James Mendoza pleaded with the court to impose the maximum sentence, saying his wife "was completely tore up. I hope they do some suffering, just like my wife did. She suffered a lot."

The victim had to have her left leg amputated below the knee. Doctors later amputated her right leg.

Superior Court Judge Richard Whitney said he was convinced by trial testimony that at least one of the canines was malnourished.

"The animals were neglected," the judge said. "The animals were starving. The animals were poorly housed. The animals were feeding themselves."

A female pit bull involved in the attack had "prominent" bones and the remains of two opossums in her digestive system when euthanized, indicated she had been hunting for food, the judge said.

Witnesses testified that the dogs got through a gap in a fence, ripping a hole near a metal gate that the victim's husband had installed.

Prosecutor Makenzie Harvey told jurors that the defendants knew their dogs were dangerous because the canines had attacked a man and his puppy six months before the attack on Mendoza, which occurred in her Paradise Hills back yard garden the morning of June 18, 2011.

Mendoza was 76 when she died on Christmas Eve of that year.

The man in the previous dog attack suffered a minor wound but declined to press charges when the Cornelios offered to pay the poodle's veterinary bills. No charges were filed since there were no witnesses to the attack.

The prosecutor described an enclosure in the Cornelios' backyard constructed to separate the dogs from the human inhabitants as a "fortress."

"These pit bulls were not pets," Harvey said.

She said the Cornelios "were criminally negligent in allowing these dogs to get out and to attack" the woman.

O'Connell asserted that the canines were indeed pets, and noted that some sections of the backyard enclosure were only 4 feet high.

"The contention that these were super vicious dogs was not the case," O'Connell said.

It was the second time in 30 years that county animal services officials pursued a felony case against a dog owner.
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Carla Cornelio, 21, and her mother, Alba Cornelio, 41, were found guilty on two counts each of owning a vicious animal that caused the death of their 75-year-old neighbor, Emako Mendoza, on June 18, 2011. According to a news report in U-T San Diego, the fatal dog attack occurred when Mendoza was mauled in the backyard of her own home in San Diego. The pit bulls had entered her yard through a gap in the fence.

After the mauling, Mendoza had her left arm and leg amputated. Doctors could not save her right leg and arm after they became severely infected. Mendoza died Christmas Eve 2011 of complications from her injuries at age 76. Carla and Alba Cornelio face up to four years in prison for the felony convictions.

Prosecutor Alleged Negligence

During the trial, prosecutors argued that the Cornelios knew about the hole in the wooden fence that separated the neighbors’ yards, but did not make an adequate effort to repair the fence. The sticks and boards they placed to cover up the hole in the fence was not enough. The prosecutor also argued that the Cornelios did not do anything to help the victim after she was injured. In addition, when police contacted them, Carla Cornelio lied and told them that her mother was not home, prosecutors said. Defense lawyers argued that the Cornelios could have foreseen what happened to Mendoza and that they had made a substantial effort to cover the fence.
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Mother and daughter's two pit bulls mauled 75-year-old neighbor to death and left her limbs 'hanging by threads'


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Pit bull owner convicted in fatal mauling dies: Family may be planning to sue sheriff's department

Alba Cornelio died while in custody

Posted: 03/19/2013

SAN DIEGO - A woman convicted of allowing her pit bulls to attack and ultimately kill an elderly woman died over the weekend following her sentencing, and her family may be planning to sue as a result.

The last time Alba Cornelio was in court she was swaddled in blue protective clothing, wearing a face mask and on the verge of death.

Last week, she was too sick to attend her sentencing hearing. Now, 10News has learned the 41-year-old passed away over the weekend while in custody at Scripps La Jolla Hospital. Cornelio's family is so angry that deputies would not allow them to visit Cornelio before she died that they now plan to sue the sheriff's department.

But do they have any legal standing? Attorney Steven Riznyk does not think so.

"They knew they had dangerous dogs," he said. "They didn't take protective measures. They killed someone else who also had family, and that seems to be inconsequential."

In 2011, Cornelio and her daughter Carla's pit bulls broke through a fence and mauled their next door neighbor Emako Mendoza, who was in her own backyard.

Doctors had to amputate both of the 75-year-old's legs and then an arm until Mendoza died six months later. Riznyk believes the Cornelios will have very little sympathy from jurors should they file suit against the sheriff's department.

"Yes, they have pain, but on the other hand, they caused somebody pain that they could have easily prevented," Riznyk said.

10News was unable to get in touch with the Cornelio family.

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sounds like somebody put a curse or made a voodoo doll, I probably would've if it was my wife that died

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Wow these are the people that don't need to be getting in contact with any dogs, specially pit bulls.

"The animals were neglected," the judge said. "The animals were starving. The animals were poorly housed. The animals were feeding themselves."

Sad all around, I am all for authanazation of human aggressive dogs for this reason.

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Wow these are the people that don't need to be getting in contact with any dogs, specially pit bulls.

"The animals were neglected," the judge said. "The animals were starving. The animals were poorly housed. The animals were feeding themselves."

Sad all around, I am all for authanazation of human aggressive dogs for this reason.
For once, I do feel bad for the dog owners. I think they just did not understand dogs or how to care for them. And I do feel bad the mother died and suffered such stress from knowing she was guilty of contributing to the death of a neighbor. And it is sad about the young lady having to go to jail. Real bad all around. The neighbor now has to live with the image of his torn up wife and the memories of how she suffered before she finally died from her injuries. For crying out loud people, stop all the bullshit. Pit bulls are dangerous.

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Some people shouldn't have any animal. Responsibility does not have to be breed specific....I'm all for holding each and every dog owner legally responsible for the actions of their dog. In my home town I helped write the dangerous dog law. Non breed specific and only a handful of dogs have been put down as being vicious. To date none have been pits.....A chow, a rotty, and 2 chihuahuas....I also understand that you have an agenda against pit bulls.

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Dogs mirror the owner in social situations. If you teach an animal to be vicious or aggressive the results are on you. If that were to happen to my family member, there would be swifter justice and more appropriate in my mind.

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Aggressive Dogs Favored By Disagreeable Owners, Study Shows


Posted: 05/25/2012 7:39 am Updated: 05/25/2012 7:39 am

By: Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience Managing Editor
Published: 05/24/2012 09:24 AM EDT on LiveScience



Would you rather own a domineering pit bull or a loving Labrador? The answer may say a lot about your personality.

New research, detailed last week in the journal Anthrozoos, finds that people with argumentative personalities are more likely to choose bull terriers and other aggressive dogs than their agreeable counterparts.

The finding, along with other research, suggests the dog breeds we choose act as mirrors for ourselves. For instance, research presented in April at the British Psychological Society Annual Conferencesuggested individuals who own toy dogs (Paris Hilton and Isaac Newton to name a couple) are more likely to be open to new experiences, a trait called openness.

Meanwhile, owners of famously friendly dogs, like retrievers, are likely to be the most agreeable personalities around.

In the new study, 235 adults, ages 15 to 64, indicated their preference for different dog breeds and also filled out personality tests, among other questionnaires.

The study focused on seven of the 10 most popular dog breeds in the United Kingdom: Labrador retriever, English cocker spaniel, West Highland white terrier, border terrier, German shepherd, boxer and Staffordshire bull terrier. Studies showed people had difficulty differentiating the other three breeds in the top 10 — English springer spaniel, Cavalier King Charles spaniel and the golden retriever — from other dog breeds.

Dogs were independently rated on their perceived aggressiveness, with terriers thought of as the most aggressive, followed by boxers; retrievers and cocker spaniels were rated as the least aggressive.

"We did not include the American pit bull, which I know is of concern in the U.S., as the Staffordshire bull terrier is essentially equivalent and similarly reputationed," Vincent Egan, a psychologist at the University of Leicester, told LiveScience.

Results showed the participants who scored lowest on agreeableness — someone who is less concerned with others' well-being and perhaps more suspicious, unfriendly and competitive — were more likely than others to prefer an aggressive dog.

Younger people were also more likely to prefer aggressive breeds.

However, that same preference didn't bear out a common bad-boy image (picture guy walking down the street with a stud-collared pit bull); results showed no link between pit-bull preferences and delinquent behavior. Nor did they find that a liking of aggressive dogs was linked to wanting to show off in front of romantic partners.

"This type of study is important, as it shows assumptions are not the whole picture. It is assumed owners of aggressive dogs, or dogs perceived as aggressive, are antisocial show-offs," Egan said.

The researchers also found a slight link between a person's conscientiousness and preference for aggressive dog types. "These results with conscientiousness were unexpected, but the effect is a small one, and needs to be repeated in a different group of people," Egan said.

A more affectionate dog may also reflect on a person's demeanor. "Liking a pedigree Labrador or a clipped poodle may be as much a statement as having a pit bull with a studded collar," Egan said.

Egan sees a direct link between dog preference and owner personality, he said.

"I think that given a choice, people select things they like," Egan said. "Choosing to have an aggressive dog is due to the person making the choice; the dog is not foisted on you."

He added, "If a dog is selected as a symbol of intimidation and a possible weapon, it is not being selected as a companion, or a playmate."

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Putting the blame on the dogs is just stupid. Obviously the dogs were abused or taught to be aggressive.

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You can say what you want Johnleehorsecocksucker. Your opinion is irrelevant. I've googled you John Lee and I know what kind of strange fucked up individual you are. Nice of you to use the same pic everywhere btw.

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Pitbulls are sweet hearts as long as you treat them normal.

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