Sunday, August 14, 2005

Dog-mauling death case being prosecuted as involuntary manslaughter

The Fredericksburg paper has this story about the upcoming trial in the involuntary manslaughter case against a woman whose two pit bulls killed another woman.

The article says in part:

"The shocking nature of Sullivan's death, combined with the unprecedented involuntary-manslaughter charge, has garnered far-reaching interest in the case.

Sheriff's Maj. Michael Timm said there will be extra security measures whenever the trial takes place.

The case has also spurred a concerted effort to strengthen the state's dangerous-dog laws.

State Sen. Edd Houck, D-Spotsylvania, is in the midst of a push to have the law specifically spell out sanctions for owners of dogs that attack people or other animals.

Houck, who is currently gathering input from residents and law enforcement representatives, expects to present a bill at the next General Assembly session."

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