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Owner to see beloved pets one last time

Two dogs in Manatee County are waiting on death row this morning after an intense legal battle to save their lives.

Karen Erskine has worked to keep her dogs Bill and Buck alive since December 2012 when they were taken from her for biting a 13-year-old boy while he was riding his bike.

Today, she will see them again for one last time about a half an hour before they are euthanized.

Bill and Buck were deemed dangerous and in all likelihood today will be their last day to live.

More than a dozen people were here last night to make their voices heard, protesting the decision to euthanize the animals.

"I can't believe it is come to this. I called them my children because they have been with me through a divorce and death of members of my family. It's life-changing. It's gut-wrenching," said dog owner Karen Erskine.

The dogs have been held at the facility for more than 400 days while a legal battle to save them went on but late Tuesday, a judge ruled the dogs would not be saved.

But Erskine says even today, the fight to save her dogs' lives goes on.


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