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Dog shot after South Tampa attack is euthanized

The dog that bit two people and charged a school resource officer Thursday morning near Robinson High School was euthanized Thursday night after the owner surrendered ownership of the dog to the county. The dog had been shot by the officer and had required extensive veterinary care, but survived the wound.

Hillsborough County Animal Services investigators met with the owner late Thursday afternoon and the owner agreed to turn the dog over after to the county. The dog, a 60-pound mixed breed dog, had survived the shooting and received treatment at BluePearl veterinary clinic.

Animal Services spokesman Ron Spiller on Friday morning said the owner turned over all rights to the county, which confirmed the police investigation that the dog attacked a 14-year-old boy walking to school on West Mango Avenue at 7:45 a.m. Thursday, and cornered a group of other teens behind a chain link fence. A 44-year-old woman, who was passing by, stopped to help and as she fended the dog off with a rake, it bit her as well.

Just then, the Robinson High School Resource Officer Willie Lucas stopped and the dog charged him, police said. Lucas pulled his weapon and shot the dog.

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