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Owner will euthanize pit bull mix that bit toddler

The family dog that repeatedly bit a 13-month-old boy will be euthanized, its owner said Wednesday. Diane Ryan said she will sign papers to have Rex, her pit bull mix, euthanized. Tuesday, the dog bit her grandson Gabriel Ryan-Leon on the back of the head and the leg. An official with Pinellas County Animal Services said the process would be painless and take seconds. "My grandson is more important to me than anything else," said Ryan, who watches Gabriel while her daughter works. Ryan said Gabriel, who received stitches at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, is recovering and will be fine. Rex was playing with a chew toy, police said, when he bit Gabriel on the back of the head. As Ryan grabbed the toddler and tried to get away, Rex bit Gabriel again on the leg. Police said they do not know if the attack was provoked.

County animal shelter to offer half-price adoptions

Summer is the busiest season for Pinellas County Animal Services. Throughout the month of August the shelter will offer half-price adoptions on all pets. The $15 fee for dogs and cats includes vaccinations, spaying or neutering, county license and certificate, information on proper care, references for obedience classes and an adoption kit. A microchip implant for identification purposes is available for $10 at the time of adoption. For other types of pets, rabies vaccinations are $1 with the purchase of county tags. The shelter is at 12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Adoption hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. For information, call 582-2648.

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