Dog-Attack Case Revived
San Francisco, CA -- Prosecutors
have asked an appeals court to reinstate a woman's murder conviction in the dog-mauling death of a neighbor. The state attorney
general's office said a judge used the wrong legal test for murder when he overruled a jury's verdict, sentencing Marjorie
Knoller to four years in jail for involuntary manslaughter. Knoller and her husband, Robert Noel, were caring for a pair of
Presa Canarios when the 120-pound dogs attacked and killed Diane Whipple, 33, outside her apartment in January 2001.
Source: Austin American-Statesman 13 April 2003
Rare Dogs Popular for the Wrong Reasons
Includes photo of Bane, one of the dogs who killed Diane Whipple and was
The Presa Canario was developed specifically for dog fighting, now recovering
in numbers this breed was almost extinct by the 1960s due to the banning of dog fighting in its homeland, the Canary Islands.
The Presa Canario is a very powerful dog, notorious for its fearless, determined, forceful nature. It is nevertheless, reputedly
trustworthy with people and is exceptionally loyal.
Photos of Presa Canarios: