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Elderly woman attacked by pit bulls dies

A 76-year-old San Diego woman who underwent amputation of her left leg and right arm after being mauled in June by her neighbor’s pit bulls has died, authorities said.

Emako Mendoza was working in her yard in the Paradise Hills neighborhood when the two dogs attacked.

The neighbors, Alba Cornelio, 39, and her daughter, Carla, 19, face felony charges of having an animal that caused serious injury and misdemeanor charges of failure to protect the public and owning a dangerous animal, authorities said. The two have pleaded not guilty.

The cause of Mendoza’s death has not been determined, family members said. She died on Christmas eve.

The dogs were seized and destroyed by the county Department of Animal Services.


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