SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — The owners of the dogs that mauled a woman whose death prompted legislation have been charged.

AL.com reports that 43-year-old Brian Keith Graden and 45-year-old Melody Ann Grader were booked Tuesday on charges of criminally negligent homicide and failure to immunize a pet for rabies. The Gradens owned the five dogs that fatally attacked 24-year-old Emily Colvin on Dec. 7 and injured another woman.

In February, Alabama lawmakers passed “Emily’s Law,” under which dog owners face harsh fines or prison time if their animals injure or kill another person. The Gradens could not be charged under that law, as it was passed after the Colvin’s death.

It’s unclear whether the Gradens have lawyers.


Information from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews