Dog Mauling Attack Leads to Criminal Conviction of Owner – Wrongful Death

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An Appeal Courts recently upheld the criminal conviction of a dog owner whose dog mauled the neighbor to death in California. The personal injuries and wrongful death of Diane Whipple from a dog attack were truly tragic. The dog owners adopted the dog from a state prison inmate who was a member of the Aryan Brotherhood. The plan was to open a guard dog business called Dog O War. The dog owners later adopted the prison inmate as their son. As the vicim, Diane Whipple, was returning home one day with her dogs, the “guard dogs” (weighing 150 and 130 pounds respectively) attacked Ms. Whipple and bit her 77 times. Ms. Whipple lost 1/3 of her blood and died. The owners, Marjorie Knoller and Robert Noel, were convicted of second degree murder. This conviction was upheld. With dog ownership comes responsibility, civil liability, and in some cases – criminal convictions. You can read more about this case at Murder-By-Dog Conviction Upheld.