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Coroner: Woman died of injuries sustained in pit bull attack

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A 76-year-old Paradise Hills woman who lost an arm and part of a leg following a vicious mauling by her neighbors' pit bulls in June died from complications from injuries sustained in the attack, authorities confirmed Thursday.

Emako Mendoza died Christmas Eve from "complications of dog bite injuries" stemming from the June 18 attack, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.

Mendoza had gone to her backyard to get her morning paper when she was mauled by her next-door neighbors' two female pit bulls that entered the yard through a gap in the fence.

The attack caused her left arm to be amputated below the elbow and her left leg amputated below the knee. She was unconscious and could not breathe on her own following the attack.

Mendoza was hospitalized again Friday due to complications with the injuries she sustained in the attack. Her condition declined and she was pronounced dead at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, the Medical Examiner's Office said.

Visitation for Mendoza was scheduled for Jan. 3 at the Chapel of the Roses in Bonita with funeral services the next day.

The pit bulls' owners, Alba Medina Cornelio and her daughter, Carla Ramirez Cornelio, were arrested June 29 and charged with two felony counts each of having a mischievous animal that causes serious bodily injury along with six misdemeanor charges that included owning a dangerous dog.

The two pit bulls and their 3-week-old puppies were euthanized after the attack.

A spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office said the case remained under review with a Feb. 8 trial date pending.

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