MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. – In an update to a story that we have been following for the past year, we are now getting word that a judge is holding up a decision to euthanize two dogs that attacked a 13-year-old boy in East Manatee County.
The two Australian Shepherds named Buck and Bill have been the subject of a lengthy legal battle in Manatee County.
Their owner has been fighting the decision to kill to the dogs, even offering to move them out of state. The owner says she is filing an emergency appeal to stop Animal Services from putting the dogs down.
In December 2012, the 13-year-old victim was stopped at an intersection on his bike when he says the dogs rushed up to him and started to bite him. "I was hoping they were friendly, because I could not out-ride them. They just started to attack my legs," he told ABC 7.
Justin says the dogs jumped on his back and he fell to the ground. He sustained several bites to his legs, and required several stitches.