Criminal Charges Filed
Diane Cockrell, the owner of 10 American Bulldogs, of which 4 broke free and killed two people in separate incidences, is being charged with two felony counts. These charges could bring her 15 years in prison. David Morse, the county prosecutor comments:
"These are the most severe charges we could have brought. She was aware of the animals' dangerous propensity. She knew they might bite someone or attack someone, and failed to take action to prevent that from happening."
Prosecutors also say that Cockrell has no criminal history and that there was no evidence she was training the dogs to fight. James Harper, husband to one of the victims, is spearheading an effort to create new legislation. He wants to limit dog ownership to 3 per location and only one could be of a high-risk breed, such at pit bulls, rottweilers and bulldogs.
"We want to make sure that dogs like this are registered, like a shotgun, and whoever owns them (is) responsible. An animal of this nature, if out and about in public, should have a muzzle."
07/27/08: Coverage of the Double Dog Attack Fatalities in Livingston