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Pit bulls who attacked five people at Wellington Walgreens will be euthanized

Posted at 8:00 PM, Jan 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-31 23:20:05-05

WELLINGTON, Fla. — A pair of pit bulls will be euthanized after attacking several people outside a Walgreens in Wellington last month.

A judge decided Thursday afternoon that the pets will be put down.

The dogs' owners, as well as a woman who was attacked, were all present at the hearing.

Surveillance video showed the pit bulls, named Rhegar and Arya, attacking several people outside the store. Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control said the dogs bit five people, including their owner. Three of the victims went to the hospital.


The dogs' owners apologized in an interview with WPTV in December, saying the attack was out of character.

"I’ve never seen them act that way since I’ve had them," said Alexandra Pappas. "They’ve always been so timid and loving."

"I feel so sorry. It was a huge mistake," said Cynthia Papazoglou. "I really feel badly for all the people that had gotten bitten in this attack."

The family said they brought the pit bulls to Walgreens to get them out of the house, and the dogs were likely overly excited and over protective. The family pleaded with ACC and a judge to allow the dogs to live.

"We’re begging, we’re begging for another chance," said Alexandra Pappas. "We will do anything, anything that they ask us to do."

The family has paid around $500 fines.