Posted by: Henness & Haight Team

Just last week, a young boy was mauled to death by a pit bull mix while visiting a friend’s home in the far east valley.

The 9-year-old victim was visiting a friend’s home near Desert Inn Road and Hollywood Boulevard on the afternoon of Wednesday, Aug. 17. The dog, described as a 3-year-old pit bull mix, was a pet of the friend’s family and had been kept inside during the visit until it escaped or was let out.

For reasons undetermined, the animal attacked the visiting child who was in the presence of his friends. The dog lunged at the child, inflicting life-threatening injuries. In seconds, the dog had torn one of the boy’s arteries. The boy sustained blunt force injuries to the neck and head and was transported to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries later that day.

Authorities have ruled his death an accident, and the dog was euthanized the day following the incident. The Metropolitan Police Department’s investigation is ongoing and it is unknown if the dog’s owners will face charges at this time.

This incident is the third deadly dog attack the Clark County coroner’s office has investigated in the past five years.

  • A 79-year-old Pahrump man was attacked by his neighbor’s three pit bulls in March 2015. He died of his injuries about a month following the incident.
  • A 1-year-old Henderson boy was killed by his family’s dog on his first birthday, suffering blunt force injuries to the neck and head.

The dog bite attorneys at Henness & Haight are committed to fighting for the best interests of dog bite victims, working to recover maximum compensation and to hold negligent parties responsible for their actions and those of their pet. If you have been injured lost a loved one because of a dog attack, contact us to learn more about the legal options available to you.