Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Pets
  3. Dogs

Judge orders two Australian shepherds who bit child to be destroyed

See also

According to Wednesday's Herald Tribune, a Manatee County, Fla., judge has determined that two dogs, who bit a child in Dec. 2012, should be destroyed.

The dogs, Australian shepherds who belong to Karen Erskine, have been held by Manatee County Animal Services since shortly after the attack.

Erskine has fought tooth and nail to save the dogs, named "Buck," and "Bill," but her efforts appear to have fallen short following the judge's decision on Tuesday.

Prior to the December incident, which left a 13-year-old boy with serious wounds, there had been no issues with either dog. The dogs' actions on the day of the attack have baffled Erskine. According to the petition which was created to spare the dogs' lives, there is speculation that the dogs broke out of a window in the home because someone had attempted to break into the residence.

Those who know the dogs believe that the dogs were acting out of character, and were in a state of "high alert" because of what happened just prior to the attack.

A Facebook page created in an effort to spare Buck and Bill from being put down has over 10,000 supporters and over 17,000 people have signed the petition to save them from being destroyed.

However, following the judge's decision earlier this week, the support and efforts may be for naught.

If you would like to continue receiving the latest animal related news, tips and advice, please click the "Subscribe" icon which is located near the top, left portion of this column. It is free and anonymous to sign up.

Follow the National Dog News Examiner on Facebook and Twitter!

I am human, if you see a typo, please let me know. Questions, comments or story ideas can be emailed to Eims1@live.com. Please note - due to the heavy volume of emails received, I am unable to respond to each and every request, but they are all appreciated!

Advertisement

Life

  • Dan Savage
    Dan Savage cares about LGBT youth, bullying and saving lives
    Today's Buzz
  • Raku
    Teachers and students can use this summer to learn a new skill
    Camera
    15 Photos
  • Beach body
    Fitness: Earn your beach body badge with bootcamp classes
    Camera
    10 Photos
  • Greek wine
    Unwind with these delicious wines: The thrilling wines of Greece
    Camera
    7 Photos
  • Mandy Moore
    Exclusive interview with Celebrity Mandy Moore concerning animal activism
    Camera
    5 Photos
  • Educational family vacations
    Find out how to take an educational family vacation that doesn't break the bank
    Camera
    9 Photos