The two pit bulls involved in the attack of 10-year-old Hunter Kilbourn on August 11 will be humanely euthanized according to a unanimous ruling by the city appeals board Thursday afternoon.
The decision came during a hearing in Antioch where the pets owners, Courtney and Roderick De La Cruz, told Animal Services that only the female dog, Jewels, attacked Hunter and that Duke should not be put down.
The decision ruled both dogs were dangerous which back a finding by Animal Services who deemed both dogs “vicious animals” and determined the pair should be euthanized.
Melody Ralls, Hunter’s mother, said the ruling gives her a sense of closure.
“It’s like closing one more chapter of this horrible tragedy, and from now on we can focus on Hunter and getting him healed,” she said.
“Hunter was a survivor and if they would’ve gotten those dogs back, the next victim may not have been,” she added.