Dog that attacked state senator's pet picked up
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV)- We have new information on a dog that attacked a state senator and his two pets. The most injured victim was a small Beagle that still suffers from the traumatic experience. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The pit bull that recently attacked a state senator's Beagle is now off the streets.
Animal control was finally able to locate the dog and now has the pit bull in its custody. However, the owner of the Beagle -- Sen. Mark Manendo -- says the owners are still refusing to take responsibility.
"He's a little scared right now, but we're thrilled by his progress," said Manendo about 4-year-old Carson during a recent visit to the veterinarian's office.
Carson was at the office to get his stitches removed. Carson received the stitches after being attacked by a pit bull while out on a walk in the condominium community that he lives in.
Manendo doesn't understand why the owners did nothing to pull the pit bull off during the attack.
"It was almost like a sport. They watched the entire time," says Manendo.
Animal control officers had a tough time locating the pit bull. They classified him the pit bull "vicious" after learning that the dog had attacked twice before.
"Animal Control tried numerous times to secure the animal and they hid from them, they hid the dog, the owners hid," says Manendo.
The pit bull was finally taken away, but that does little to heal the emotional scars Carson and his owners now carry.
"He curls up and he goes to sleep and he's making sounds, and crying and whimpering," says Manendo. "He's afraid. I mean he doesn't even want to go outside his front door. He's scared."
Action News went to the pit bull owner's homes hoping to get an explanation for the attack, but found no one home or at least no one answered the door.
"First of all they're not even allowed to have an animal above 25 pounds. I think they're pet is anywhere from 85 to 90 pounds," says Manendo.
Having gone through this experience, Manendo wants to do something about irresponsible pet owners during the next legislative session.
He expects a hearing to happen sometime this week. He hopes the animal is not returned to the owners or put somewhere else where the pit bull can attack again.