NORTH LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A North Las Vegas family is heartbroken after their dog "Simba" was fatally attacked by a neighbor's Siberian Husky that escaped from a backyard.
Davena Davis says it all started on Saturday as she returned with her two daughters, ages 3 and 6, from a park near Ann Road and Camino Al Norte in North Las Vegas.
"I walked around [the car] I let my daughter out of her car seat, I put her down, and I turned around and boom, there was a husky," said Davis.
Davis said the attack was instantaneous and she rushed her children inside her house for safety.
"I've seen my fair share of dogs and I've never seen a dog act like that," said Davis.
Davis said she saw her dog in the mouth of the Husky as she and her father threw rocks and even a house fan desperately at the Husky but nothing helped.
Davis said multiple neighbors heard the screams and witnessed the bloody scene.
"To lose him so suddenly and in front of my home, it's a constant reminder," said Davis.
Davis said the owner of the Husky also tried to intervene briefly but then disappeared inside his home.
A neighbor had to wrangle the Husky and return it to the owner's home, according to Davis.
North Las Vegas Animal Control and North Las Vegas Police responded to the scene and authorities took custody of the attacking dog.
Simba died at a nearby animal hospital.
"This is an active investigation," said Delen Golderg with the CIty of North Las Vegas.
"The dog is quarantined currently at the shelter, and police and animal control are looking at all the facts and circumstances of this case to make sure it is handled appropriately moving forward," added Goldberg.
Goldberg adds authorities do not have any previous police or animal control reports regarding the Husky.
The dog is on a 10-day behavioral observation quarantine and during that time authorities will assess whether the dog poses a danger or risk if it returns to the owner.
Goldberg said authorities will likely conduct a "yard check" to ensure the walls, gates, or other enclosures are appropriate for the dog.
13 Investigates knocked on the door of the home where the Husky was being kept.
No one came out to speak to us about the situation.
Davis said she now has to come up with the money to have Simba cremated.
Davis admits neither dog was on a leash but adds the attack still should not have happened in her yard.
The Husky could be returned to the owner as soon as April 30.