3 pit bulls euthanized after killing dog, attacking woman

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Three pit bulls that attacked another dog in north Florida have been euthanized.

Alachua County Commissioner Robert Hutchinson tells the Gainesville Sun that the dogs often had to be tranquilized in the county's care because they were so aggressive. They were declared dangerous after attacking Linda Swinburn and her dog Bella while they were walking on Sept. 22.

Authorities said Swinburn tried to fend off the dogs and was injured. Bella died a short time later.

The dogs belonged to Nathaniel Petttiford. He was given 30 days to appeal the dangerous dog ruling or reclaim the dogs, which would have required taking out a $500,000 insurance policy for each one, sterilizing and microchipping them and posting a "dangerous dog" sing. He did not appeal or claim the dogs.

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