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Pit Bulls killed after attacking 3 in Daytona Beach

Two pit bulls involved in an attack on three people have been euthanized at the Halifax Humane Society in Daytona Beach.
Two pit bulls involved in an attack on three people have been euthanized at the Halifax Humane Society in Daytona Beach.
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Updated: 5/22/2013 1:56 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Two pit bulls involved in an attack on three people have been euthanized at the Halifax Humane Society in Daytona Beach.

The dogs' owners decided to surrender them rather than going to a hearing following an attack Friday in Holly Hill, said Tyler Stover, a spokesman for the shelter.

After the incident the owner told police the dogs escaped from their kennel, then attacked people at three separate locations early May 17.

Anthony Lewis had deep gouges in his arm and leg. He told Channel 9's Blaine Tolison that the incident, in which two dogs biting him at once, was terrifying.

Police said the dogs got out of the owner's yard and bit two other men a short distance away.

A similar fate may await three of five pit bulls involved in a May 5 attack on a woman and her 6-year-old daughter in Flagler County. Officials said the woman and child were walking along a road when the pack of dogs attacked them. The girl was not harmed but her mother was hospitalized with bites on her arms and legs. She had to return to the hospital last week due to complications from the injuries.

The Flagler County Animal Control took possession of the dogs. But Diane Voigt, president of the shelter's board of directors, told the Daytona Beach News-Journal that witness statements were too conflicting to determine which dogs were actually involved in the attack.

Shelter officials took photos of the dogs and the woman identified three of them.

"She was confident in the ones she picked," Voigt said.
The board's decision on whether to euthanize those three dogs could be made on Wednesday. The other two will remain at the shelter for now, but eventually may be either put up for adoption, given to a pit bull rescue or returned to the owner.

Officials said all five were spayed, neutered and microchipped after they were brought in.
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