Time is close to running out on Buck and Bill

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Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014 9:25 am


MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. - Two Australian Shepherds set to be euthanized after attacking a 13-year-old boy are expected to be put down Thursday night.

Buck and Bill are scheduled to be euthanized at 11:59 Thursday night, and the owner and her supporters are gathering to show that they will fight to the very last second to save the animal’s lives.

Karen Erskine, the owner of Buck and Bill, spent her day making phone calls as part of her last ditch effort to save her animals. But among all the calls, one stood out more than the rest. "An attorney just called me from Arkansas and he says he can help us."

Erskine's two Australian shepherds were placed on doggy death row 450 days ago  after attacking a 13-year-old boy. Since then she's been fighting to reverse the move.

And while the newest addition to her legal team is now working save the animals, they are doing so against the clock, due to a recent decision by a Manatee County judge, which has started their final countdown.

"The order states that I have until 7pm to see my dogs; I only have 30 minutes to see my dogs. I can bring in my own vet. If I do, because they can’t assure that the dogs will really be dead if I bring in my own vet, they want to make sure that they’re dead by incinerating them in the community incinerator."

That’s news that has saddened Buck and Bill supporters.

"I feel for all animal lovers today. This is wrong, so very wrong," says Kimberly Hager.

“Manatee County don’t put dogs down for first bite incidents, ever. They can’t show us any examples of them putting a dog down for a first bite incident," says Kristi Lade."

In the meantime, Erskine says she will continue to fight to save her dogs until the very end. "Don’t ever, ever give up. I will be there until 11:59 and 59 seconds, saying we still have one second left, because that’s the way God works."

Both dogs are responsible for attacking a Manatee County boy on his bicycle in December of 2012.  The dogs were taken by Manatee County Animal Services while a judge determined their fate.

Since then, thousands of people have expressed support online to keep these dogs from dying.

The young victim's family has said all along -- even in court – that they did not want to see these two animals destroyed.

Do you feel Buck & Bill's lives should be saved?

A judge has upheld a ruling to euthanize the dogs named Buck and Bill, who are responsible for attacking a Manatee County boy on his bicycle in December of 2012. Supporters say the dogs should be returned to their owner.

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  • Susan MacDonald Dunn posted at 8:42 pm on Thu, Mar 27, 2014.

    Susan MacDonald Dunn Posts: 3

    [sad] RIP Buck and Bill - remember their faces at election time.

  • janicem posted at 6:15 pm on Thu, Mar 27, 2014.

    janicem Posts: 2

    I believe the boy was trespassing, and now two beloved family members are going to die when will we as a society start holding people responsible for their actions

  • janicem posted at 6:14 pm on Thu, Mar 27, 2014.

    janicem Posts: 2

    I believe the boy was trespassing, and never held responsible, and one two beloved family members are going g to die ??when as a society are we going to hold people responsible for their actions

  • roy posted at 6:08 pm on Thu, Mar 27, 2014.

    roy Posts: 1

    LAST MINUTE SOLUTION? Have the vet remove their front teeth so can never bite anyone again and return them to their owner.

  • Prince1 posted at 5:16 pm on Thu, Mar 27, 2014.

    Prince1 Posts: 1

    This is one of the most horrible situations I CAN recall in a years....
    the money wasted to prosecute these two dogs because of a non-compassionate judge is ridiculous.... . he's probably let far worse crimes slip thru his court room....

    This is their only offense in 10/6 years - (the dogs ages - and the fact that according to the facts that the animal services entered Karens home without permission while she was at work -

    Isn't there anyone out there to help in these last hours ??

    I am absolutely ashamed to be a part of this community - and paying Manatee taxes ...

  • cybermeez posted at 4:18 pm on Thu, Mar 27, 2014.

    cybermeez Posts: 1

    This has reached far beyond Florida. Manatee County, do you have any idea how mean this whole thing makes you look? Even the boy's family said it should be, "Live and let live."


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