Death sentence for dogs that attacked Oregon girl

MGN file photo.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — Four dogs have been given a death sentence for attacking an Oregon girl in June.

The Herald and News reports three Klamath County commissioners voted unanimously Thursday that it was in the public interest to euthanize the animals.

Vincent Berry owns the English mastiffs and has 10 days to appeal the decision to circuit court. His sister says they will take that step.

The dogs attacked Berry's neighbor, Alyssa Stevens. The 10-year-old suffered a torn scalp, punctured lung and broken ribs, and spent several weeks in a Portland hospital.

Commissioners said Berry had the "inclination but not the ability" to safely secure the dogs, and this was among the factors that led to their decision.

Berry has proposed moving his dogs out of southern Oregon to a property in rural Lewis County, Washington.

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