Kamiko Dao Tsuda-Saelee, 6-months old, was killed by her family pit bull in Las Vegas.
Mauling Victim Identified
UPDATE 05/09/17: The Clark County Coroner's Office identified the 6-month old baby as Kamiko Dao Tsuda-Saelee. On Monday, Kamiko had been playing in a baby walker near the family pit bull when it suddenly attacked her. The mother was able to stop the attack, but the baby was already seriously injured. Kamiko's mother rode with her in the ambulance to Centennial Hi… [Read full blog post]
Derion Stevenson, 9-years old, was killed by a pit bull while visiting a friend's home.
July Attack Confirmed
UPDATE 08/19/16: County authorities confirmed the pit bull that killed a 9-year old boy was also involved in dog fight in the same neighborhood in July. Clark County Animal Control did not declare the pit bull dangerous or vicious after the attack. Derion Stevenson died after the same pit bull brutally attacked his face and neck a month later. The lack of public safety… [Read full blog post]
UPDATE 07/08/15: In a truly regrettable and inadequate plea agreement, Ricky Davidson, 40, pleaded guilty to one count of reckless endangerment, a gross misdemeanor, after his three pit bulls horrifically attacked a man who later died while hospitalized. Davidson was sentenced to 364 days in jail in connection to the death of Kenneth Ford. The sentence also includes the other dog and drug-related charges against Davidson that were bundled togethe… [Read full blog post]
Pit Bulls Attack Husband, Wife and Their Two Golden Labradors
Valley Couple Attacked
Las Vegas, NV - On May 9, 2014, Skip and Marie West were returning from exercising with their two senior dogs, when total chaos erupted. Two loose pit bulls attacked all four of them, sending Skip to the emergency room and his dog, Viper, to the emergency vet clinic. Skip provides a blow-by-blow account of the harrowing attack. KTNV News reported the attack back in May and has a video that shows a… [Read full blog post]
UPDATE 12/15/12: On November 25, our nonprofit filed a public records request to obtain a copy of the police report. We received a redacted copy on December 10. Kevin Latz, 50-years old, was fatally attacked by a pit bull on June 27, 2012. The male pit bull, named Apollo, had bitten two people prior to killing Latz, but officials had never declared the dog vicious or dangerous. "Apollo bit Kevin in the throat crushing his trachea, when he eventually succumbed," states the repor… [Read full blog post]
Fatally attacking dog depicted with the victim, Jeremiah Eskew-Shahan.
Saving Killer Dogs?
UPDATE 05/13/12: The Las Vegas Review-Journal published a follow up piece about animal activists who intervene to "save dogs" that have bitten and killed. The article refers to the February death of a 2-day old baby who was killed by his family's adopted Husky, named Nikko.1 On April 27, a Pennsylvania judge allowed Nikko to be sent to an out-of-state "sanctuary" instead of being pu… [Read full blog post]
Fact-Checking Requires Checking Facts
Seattle, WA - Last week we blogged about Fact Cooker Mark Robison of the Reno Gazette-Journal. One of the studies he criticized in the article was Dog attack deaths and maimings, U.S. and Canada, a breed-specific log compiled since 1982 by Animal People editor Merritt Clifton, often described as The Clifton Report. Clifton offers a thoughtful response to Robison's article, (What's so scary about pit bulls?, Reno Gazette-Journal, J… [Read full blog post]
Reno, NV - In February, we wrote about a Washington State resident working to gain support for breed-specific laws in his area (See: Activist Questions 'Journalistic Integrity' of Article by Sue Manning of the Associated Press). Our post scrutinized a "pet poll" designed by the Associated Press and Petside.com and an article written by Sue Manning. Today, the SRUV blog brings us a new Fact Cooker, blogger Mark Robison of the Reno Gazette-Journal.
The C… [Read full blog post]