Jeff Smith 4 p.m., Aug. 28
National Pit Bull Association President speaks out following Cornelio sentencing
President Grippe: "If you outlaw pit bulls, then only outlaws will have pit bulls."
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NERVOUSLY PROFFERING A MILK BONE, PARADISE HILLS - Carla Cornelio was sentenced to four years in prison today following her conviction for involuntary manslaughter and two counts of owning a mischievous animal that caused a death. The mischievous animals in question were Cornelio's two pit bulls, which slipped through a hole in her fence in July of 2011 and mauled her neighbor, Emako Mendoza. Mendoza later died from complications brought on by her injuries.
But even as mourners gather and protestors mobilize, National Pit Bull Association President Ron Grippe is going on the attack. "People are going to try and politicize this tragedy," he told SD on the QT. "They're going to call for increased pit bull regulation. But we already have pit bull regulation. What's needed is enforcement. Or, in this case, enfencement."
"We have our principles," continued Grippe. "And no matter how much the opposition bucks and heaves, we are going to hold on to those principles. If you're going to outlaw pit bulls, you might as well outlaw cows. The last tainted-beef outbreak in the United States killed 67 people. That's 10 times as many people as died from pit bull attacks last year."
"We will not yield to this breedist attempt to demonize an entire group based on the tragic actions of an aberrant few," concluded Grippe.
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