Families of 2 Livingston County mauling victims sue dog owner

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The families of two people killed in Livingston County dog attacks have filed wrongful death lawsuits against the owner of four bulldogs.

The Detroit News reports the lawsuits seek $25,000 against Diane Cockrell. She kept as many as 10 bulldogs in a horse stall at her Iosco Township home.

The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus reports prosecutors have charged Cockrell with two 15-year felonies for having dangerous animals causing death. She's expected back in a Brighton court on Thursday for an exam conference.

County prosecutor David Morse says the four dogs attacked 91-year-old Edward Gierlach in his driveway and pounced on Cheryl Harper about 150 feet away.

Cockrell requested a court-appointed attorney at her arraignment Friday. One has yet to be appointed.

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