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Death sentence handed down by judge for Bradenton dogs Buck and Bill

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UPDATE: I am so sorry to report that Buck and Bill have been humanely euthanized. Rest in peace boys. You will be missed.

Animal advocates are hoping for a miracle, but two Australian shepherds will be euthanized by midnight on Thursday in Manatee County, Fla. after a judge ruled the dogs were dangerous reported myfoxtampabay.com.

The dogs, Buck, 10, and Bill, 6, belong to Karen Erskine, who has been fighting for years to spare the lives of her faithful companions.

On December 24, 2012, while visiting at a friend's house, the dogs broke through a window and bit a 13-year-old boy, Justin Curtis, who had been riding his bicycle in the middle of the street. No one knows why the dogs acted as they did, however a rash of break-ins in the neighborhood or someone trying to enter the property may have caused the out of character behavior of the dogs.

The youngster has made a full recovery.

Erskine has owned the dogs since they were puppies, and states the dogs had never been aggressive.

On Thursday, the Facebook page - Save Buck and Bill from being killed, stated that veterinarians in the area have refused to euthanize the dogs. Erskine will be allowed to spend 30 minutes with Buck and Bill before they die, and the judge has allowed her to choose her own veterinarian to kill the dogs.

In the last few hours, supporters of the two dogs have been making hundreds of phone calls, faxes, and emails to all state and county officials hoping for a miracle to spare the lives of these two dogs.

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