The Lapeer County Prosecutor's Office had requested that all ten dogs who belonged to Valbona Lucaj and Sebastiano Quagliata, be destroyed; seven of those who were requested to be killed were just puppies.
Only two dogs were involved in the July 23 attack which left 46-year-old Craig Sytsma, of Livonia, dead. On Friday, Lucaj and Quagliata relinquished their rights to the dogs - three adult cane corsos are now scheduled to be destroyed "soon" and the puppies are being offered to a rescue group.
According to federal authorities, the couple is in the United States illegally; at the time that their dogs killed Sytsma, they were facing deportation. Following Sytsma's death, the pair have been charged with second-degree murder and possession of a dangerous animal causing death.
The couple's dogs had been involved in multiple attacks on passersby prior to the fatal mauling which claimed Sytsma's life.
According to the Associated Press, a $500,000 bond was set for Lucaj and Quagliata - prosecutors have voiced concern that the duo might try to flee the country and had requested a bond of $1 million each. Lucaj, a native of Albania, and Quagliata, a native of Italy, are scheduled to appear in court on August 8.
If convicted of their charges, the pair could face life in prison.
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