Courtesy/Courtesy Bexar County Sheriff's Office
Judge Sid Harle, of the 226th District Court, sentenced Perla Rojas, 34 (right), to five years in prison, for her dog's fatal mauling of Petra Aguirre (left).
On the last day of March in 2014, 83-year-old Petra Aguirre was feeding her cats when two dogs attacked and killed her.
Those dogs belonged to 34-year-old Perla Rojas, who was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday on a charge of dangerous dog attack causing death, the Bexar County District Attorney's Office announced in a press release. Rojas entered a no contest plea to the charge.
According to the DA's office, neighbors heard Aguirre scream for help, scaring the dogs away. She was bitten on her face, arm and head, just 10 days before her 84th birthday. The dogs crawled under Rojas' fence into Aguirre's yard.
The investigation revealed the dogs had attacked other people. The animals were euthanized. According to the DA's office, Rojas never apologized to the victim's family and said she was too busy keeping up with her big yard. An Animal Care Services supervisor who testified said it was one of the worst dog attacks she'd ever seen.
“An owner can be held criminally responsible for a dangerous dog under the Texas Health and Safety Code,” said Assistant Criminal District Attorney Thom Nisbet, who prosecuted the case, said in a press release.