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Judge orders two Australian shepherds who bit child to be destroyed

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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.

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