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108 Penn St. L. Rev. 855 (2003-2004)
Canine Profiling: Does Breed-Specific Legislation Take a Bite out of Canine Crime

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Canine Profiling: Does Breed-Specific
Legislation Take a Bite out of Canine
Heather K. Pratt*
I.   Introduction
On January 26, 2001, San Francisco police and paramedics
encountered a horrific scene at a Pacific Heights apartment building,
where a thirty-three year old woman, Diane Whipple, was lying in a pool
of blood after having suffered seventy-seven dog bite wounds inflicted
by two Presa Canario dogs.' Diane Whipple died approximately five
hours later at San Francisco General Hospital.2 The dogs' owners,
* J.D. Candidate, The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State
University, 2004. Dedicated to Langston, Lorenzo, and Nelson.
1. See    Kenneth    Phillips,  The    Diane    Whipple   Case,    at
http://www.dogbitelaw.com/PAGES/Whipple.html (last visited Dec. 30, 2003). The
Presa Canario (Canary Dog) was originally bred for dog fighting. Canary Dog, at
http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/canarydog/htm (last visited Dec. 30, 2003).  Presa
Canarios are muscular, tenacious, and large, sometimes weighing more than one hundred
pounds. Id.
2. Phillips, supra note 1. Robert Noel and Marjorie Knoller, husband and wife,
were both criminally charged, but Knoller was present during the attacks and as a result
was also charged with second-degree murder. Id. Knoller was paroled on January 1,

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