Four dogs sentenced to death for attacking girl

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

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.

The dogs attacked Berry’s neighbor, Alyssa Stevens. The 10-year-old suffered a torn scalp, punctured lung and broken ribs, and spent 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 to a rural property in Washington’s Lewis County.