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Fontana Couple Convicted In Dog Mauling Of 3 Children

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FONTANA (AP) — A San Bernardino County jury has convicted a Fontana couple whose mastiff and pit bulls mauled three young children a year ago.

Judith Mendez Lopez, 56, and her husband, Jose Lopez Gonzalez, 49, were found guilty Thursday of seven felony counts of allowing vicious animals to be at large. They face a maximum seven years in prison.

Five-year-old Destiny Colon suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung, her 7-year-old brother Hector needed over 200 stitches in his legs, and 8-year-old sister Princess needed 18 stitches.

One of the dogs was shot by a police officer and the rest were euthanized.

Prosecutor Kent Williams told the San Bernardino Sun the verdict was just.

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