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Dog Owners Charged in Girl’s Death

December 19, 2001

LOVELL, Wyo. (AP) _ The owners of a dog that attacked and killed a 1-year-old girl who wandered to into their yard have been charged with felony involuntary manslaughter.

Court documents allege that the dog’s owners recklessly caused Kristin Jolley’s death Oct. 29 and that they starved and mistreated the dog until it became ``a vicious animal that attacked and killed an innocent child.″

The dog’s previous owner, Karen Hytrek, told authorities that when she gave Max to Anne Shine and Matthew Martinez the dog weighed about 110 pounds, ``was good-natured, was never known to have bitten anyone and interacted well with children who attended school next to her home.″

Veterinarian Jane Undem, who examined the dog, said Max weighed about 65 pounds at the time of the attack. She said he was ``ravenous″ when he was brought to her clinic, devouring four cups of dry dog food and then trying to eat some cat food. The dog was killed so Undem could conduct a complete exam.

The charge filed Monday against Shine and Martinez carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. A hearing was scheduled for Dec. 27.

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