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Dogs will be put down for alpaca attack

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ESSEX, VA (WWBT) -

A pair of dogs will be euthanized by the end of the week for mauling and killing 13 alpacas in August.

The Essex County dog owner withdrew his appeal Monday, a day before it was due to be heard in court. Alonzo Norman had previously said the pit bulls weren't responsible for the attacks. However, a judge ordered them put down in September.

Farm owners from the "Upright Alpaca Farm" lost 13 of their 15 alpacas in the mauling. Donors have helped raising thousands of dollars to help cover Abbey and Wes Gauvin's medical expenses.

The dogs were taken into the custody of Animal Control. Their owner says he feels badly for the Gauvins, but doesn't believe his dogs were responsible for the deaths. He says the dogs only came over because they "smelled the animals."

Norman says the dogs have never shown any signs of violence and he always felt they were gentle creatures, even around his 5-month-old son.

Abbey Gauvin found the injured and dead alpacas along with two of Norman's pit bulls in her yard.

Gauvin said the attack has cost her well over $100,000 in hospital bills and damages. 

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