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Pit bull-mix mauls 79-year-old man, kills Yorkie in Palm Coast

Owners of aggressive dog give it up to be euthanized

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PALM COAST, Fla. – A pit Labrador/bull-mix killed a Yorkshire terrier and mauled a 79-year-old man after breaking free from its owner outside a Central Florida apartment complex.

The Daytona News-Journal reported that Helena and Neel Karnani told Flagler County sheriff's deputies they were walking their 2-year-old pit bull mix, named Wilson, through a parking lot Sunday when the dog ran off.

A deputy's report said Neel Karnani tried to capture Wilson, but the dog continued to run and "work himself up." The dog charged James Bennett and his dog, Gidget.

Bennett tried to fight off the dog, but he was knocked to the ground, officials said. Wilson then attacked Bennett's dog, deputies said.

Bennett was taken to a hospital for treatment. His 7-year-old service dog died at the scene.

The Karnanis turned Wilson over to authorities to be euthanized.