Woman sentenced to 3 years probation in dog attack on girl

Woman sentenced to 3 years probation in dog attack on girl

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147th State District Judge Cliff Brown sentenced Verna Cooper to three years probation Monday morning after her pit bull mix attacked a young girl in 2011.

Cooper was convicted of a felony attack by a dog in August and faced up to ten years in prison.

Brown ordered Cooper to not have contact with the victim, and told her she couldn't own animals, but allowed her to keep a goldfish and tortoise.

The 2011 attack was actually a second incident for Cooper's dogs. In 2009, the same pit bull mix and another dog mauled a jogger.

Cooper walked out of the courtroom covering her face with a vanilla folder.

She did give the media the a written statement:

"My sympathy is with the dog bite victim that was bitten by my beloved pit bull mix, Maya. The truth in this case has never been told to the public. Maya escaped the day of the bite through a back garage door that was opened by a real estate agent...She was fully aware of the nature of the dog. The day of the bite she arrived to the open house late. She opened one and only one door that was never used. Then she left the open house early, not securing the door she opened, nor did she tell anyone she had opened the door. To this day, she refuses to take responsibility for her actions. My required liability insurance that was still in effect the day of the bite has reached a settlement with the victim's family."

Maya has since been put down.

After the first attack, Cooper was ordered to register the dogs as dangerous and carry $100,000 worth of liability insurance.

Back in court, Judge Brown stopped short of ordering intensive outpatient treatment for her marijuana use.

He also approved Cooper's plans to move to Colorado to live with her daughter.

The victim's father declined our request for an on camera interview because they are suing Cooper in civil court.

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