Owner of Buck and Bill receives dogs' ashes

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PALMETTO, Fla. -- Karen Erskine has entered the next chapter in the story of Buck and Bill.

A week after the Australian Shepherds were euthanized, Erskine received their ashes from the head of Manatee County Animal Services and the county's Director of Public Safety.

Erskine tells ABC 7 that receiving the ashes is more hurtful than the moment the dogs were put down.  She describes the entire process, from the legal battle to keep them alive to today's events, as "disorienting."

Despite all that, Erskine says the people of Manatee County and Buck and Bill supporters around the world have inspired her to keep going forward.  She's a week into developing a foundation dedicated to the two Australian Shepherds.