- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - A pit bull that authorities say attacked three Tampa Bay-area women has been euthanized.

Manatee County’s interim director of animal services says the male dog was aggressive toward staff and too dangerous to keep at the shelter. Bill Hutchinson says he got permission from county health officials to euthanize the dog Monday instead of waiting the usual 10 days to see if it showed signs of rabies.

The dog’s head has been sent to the health department for a rabies examination.

Authorities say the dog attacked two 18-year-old twin sisters, Brooke and Brianna Farnsworth, and their mother outside a Bradenton home Sunday afternoon. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says the twins’ mother, Tami Padgett, remained hospitalized Monday.

Authorities say Padgett was watching the dog for her niece.

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