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Manatee County says dogs must be put down

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UPDATE: "Buck" and "Bill" have been put down, FOX 13's Josh Cascio reports.

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A Manatee County woman has until midnight to euthanize her two dogs – the result of an apparent attack in 2012.

The Australian shepherds, named Buck and Bill, are accused of viciously attacking and injuring 13-year-old Justin Curtis in December of that year.

At the time, his bites were so severe he was put on crutches, but the dogs' owner, Karen Erskine, has always said he must have done something to provoke her dogs.

"They came right up to me and sank their teeth right into my leg," Curtis told us then. "So I get off on the right side of my bike, and I tried to use my bike to fend them off, but there were two of them."

Erskine has been fighting the county to keep the dogs alive, but a judge this week ruled that they must be put down. She's allowed to use her own veterinary service, but the judge said it must be done by midnight.

After hearing of the news Wednesday, protestors gathered in support of Buck and Bill. At the Manatee County shelter Thursday morning, signs that had been put up had been taken down and things were operating as normal.

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