Buck and Bill given 5-day reprieve by Manatee County judge, sparing their lives for now

jdeleon@bradenton.comFebruary 28, 2014 

Australian Shepherd dogs Buck and Bill visit with their owner, Karen Erskine, at the Manatee County Animal Services facility in Palmetto. The dogs have been sentenced to death after biting a boy on Dec. 24 in Manatee County. PHOTO PROVIDED

MANATEE -- Two dogs scheduled to be euthanized on Friday by Manatee Count, have been given a five-day reprieve so that a judge can review a new motion in the lengthy legal fight over their fate.

Buck and Bill were seized by Manatee County Animal Services shortly after Dec. 24, 2012, when the dogs bit a 13-year-old boy three times. The county has ordered the dogs be destroyed, claiming they are dangerous.

Karen Erskine, owner of the two Australian shepherd and nationally ranked dog trainer, has been fighting the seizure and kill order.

Jessica De Leon, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.

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