The two Cane Corsos alleged to have attacked and killed a man, along with a third dog belonging to the couple, will be euthanized immediately according to an agreement made on Friday with the owners. The eight puppies will be sent to a rescue organization.
Sebastiano Quagliata and his wife Valbona Lucaj were charged late Thursday night with second degree murder for the mauling death of a jogger by their two Cane Corso dogs in Metamora Township of Michigan reported the LivingstonDaily.com.
According to the Lapeer Prosecutor's Office, the couple were to be arraigned on Friday in the Lapeer District Court. If found guilty, they could face a maximum sentence of life in prison. The couple have also been charged with possessing an animal who caused a person's death.
On July 23, Craig Sytsma, 46, of Livonia was jogging past the home where the two Cane Corsos lived and attacked him. A neighbor mowing his lawn spotted the man lying in a ditch as the three-year-old dogs repeatedly ripped at the victim's body. The neighbor shot at the dogs in an attempt to scare them away; they finally let go and ran home. A nurse and other neighbors tried desperately to save the man, but he died a short time later at the hospital.
The dogs have previously been involved in two non-fatal attacks on neighbors. An older man and a young woman were bitten by the dogs. In one case, the couple was fined, and in the other case a woman was granted a judgment against the couple. Neighbors frequently complained of the dogs growling, and claiming that Animal Control never did anything to help.
The couple are in the United States illegally. If convicted of involuntary manslaughter, it is unknown how the sentencing will be carried out.
The dogs are expected to be humanely euthanized. Another dog was seized from the home as well as seven puppies from the two dogs involved in the attack. Their futures hang in the decision of a judge.
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