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Update 3/27/14: Rest in peace Buck and Bill...

According to the Facebook page, Save Buck & Bill from being killed, all efforts to save the lives of the two Australian shepherds who were sentenced to death earlier this week in Florida have been exhausted.

An untimely demise for the beloved dogs, who belong to Karen Erskine, is not the only heartache which she is being forced to endure - Manatee County Animal Services has denied Erskine the option to bury her own pets.

The Australian shepherds have been held at Animal Services for months and on Tuesday, after a raging legal battle, a judge declared that the pair could be destroyed. Buck and Bill arrived to this dismal circumstance following a bizarre attack on a 13-year-old boy back in Dec. 2012 which left the teen with wounds on his leg.

Prior to the incident, the dogs had been free of any troublesome behavior.

The thousands of people who are fighting to see Buck and Bill spared from death have been dealt a sorrowful blow. On Thursday afternoon, the Facebook page for the dogs issued the following announcement:

In a last ditch effort to do whatever could be done, we asked TLP to reach out to their colleagues at Lancaster Law who they worked with before on another case.

Once Mr. Lancaster spoke to Richard and local attorneys, he said the most recent attorneys on the case have done everything and more to try and turn this around and could offer nothing else to be done.
It's all been done.

On Wednesday, a vigil for the dogs took place outside of the facility where they are being held...candles and signs pleading for them to be allowed to live appear to have had no impact on the officials who have already decided the dogs' fate.

Petition with nearly 20,000 signatures can be accessed here.

Prior story about this sad situation here.

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