SAN DIEG0 WOMAN ATTACKED BY TWO PIT BULLS DIES CHRISTMAS EVE
San Diego CA - Emako Mendoza, 76, was savagely attacked in her own back yard in Paradise Hills on June 18 by two female pit bulls, when she went out to pick up her newspaper at 6:30 a.m. The neighbors’ dogs pushed their way through a hole in the fence, according to her 78-year-old husband, James.
Emako died on Christmas Eve after being hospitalized December 23 due to complications from those injuries, according to the Medical Examiner.
Since the June attack, the elderly woman underwent eight surgeries including the amputations of her left leg and left arm. Several weeks ago a surgeon had to amputate her right leg as well, after injuries proved too extensive to save the limb. “It was too much,” Emako told the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Her husband stated he was still asleep in a front bedroom the morning of the attack and did not hear his wife’s screams. He was awakened when the two women who own the dogs knocked on the door and told him their dogs were in his backyard.
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Mr. Mendoza said that his wife’s entire body was bloody and her limbs were “hanging by threads”. He tried to cover her and called 911. San Diego Police Officer Frank Cali stated that Ms. Mendoza sustained severe lacerations to her body, arms and both legs.
The mother and daughter who owned the two pit bulls, Alba Medina Cornelio, 39, and her 19-year-old daughter, Carla Ramirez Cornelio, are facing up to three years and eight months in prison on two felony counts each for owning dogs that caused serious bodily injury.
A spokesman for the San Diego District Attorney has indicated the office will review the case and may file additional charges following Mendoza’s death and the results of the autopsy.
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RESCUED PIT BULL, NAMED “HONEY,” KILLS OWNER
Burnettsville IN - On December 3, Joseph D. Hines, 58, of Burnettsville, Indiana, was killed by “Honey,” the male pit bull he rescued four to five years ago. Neighbors say the man and the dog were often seen out walking together. But on December 3, Honey severed Hines' right jugular vein, as well as inflicting bite wounds on his forearms and ankle.
Hines’ body was not found for two days and the results of the autopsy showed that Hines had died from the severing of the jugular, according to the White County Coroner.
Hines had never married and had no children. "He loved his dogs, said Hines’ sister, Shirley Silkey. “He found this dog and took care of it."
Joseph Hines was described as a down-to-earth guy with a great sense of humor. His sister said, “I'll always remember his laughter. He was so upbeat and happy.”
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GEORGIA WOMAN KILLED BY PIT BULL WHILE VISITING NEIGHBOR
Lowndes County GA - On December 8, at about 12:30 p.m., Misti Wyno, 40, went to her neighbor’s house on Mount Zion Road in Valdosta, GA¸ to borrow some grits. While she was visiting, the neighbor’s male pit bull attacked and fatally injured her.
At 12:45 p.m., deputies and emergency-medical technicians were called to the scene, according to Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine. They discovered the injured woman with severe bites to her legs, arms and head. The dog owner was restraining the pit bull.
The victim was rushed to South Georgia Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 1:54 p.m.
ILLINOIS WOMAN DIES AFTER NOVEMBER ATTACK BY HER PET PIT BULLS
Rockford IL - On December 7, Tonia Parks, 39, of Rockford, Illinois, died following a combination of a seizure and dog attack on November 18, 2011, according to WIFR.com.
The coroner stated that Parks suffered a seizure while trying to break up a fight in her home between her two dogs, which were reported as pit bulls. The incident occurred about 10:30 a.m.
When police arrived, Winnebago County Animal Control advised that the victim had been mauled by her dogs and sustained an injury to her head and neck as well as a bite to her jugular vein.
A police report which later described the dogs as American Bulldogs, stated they were taken into custody and the case is still under investigation.
TOTAL HUMAN DEATHS/DISFIGUREMENTS FROM PIT BULL ATTACKS IN 2011
According to Animal People, which records pit bull attacks from nationwide media reports, in 2011 there were 23 total human deaths and 196 disfigurements in 2011.