Sparks man looks to change Dangerous Dog law

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Updated: 4/08/2014 9:31 pm
SPARKS, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- A grieving Sparks man wants to put more bite into the state's Dangerous Dog law.

John Sanchez is suing his neighbor for the death of his 13-year-old Chihuahua. Sanchez said Andy Martinez' two pit bulls attacked his small dog Mia during a walk last month, breaking her neck and ribs. Mia later died.

"But like I say, she was our daughter, just a family member, and you want to do everything you can to keep them alive," said Sanchez. "Boy, I miss her so much right now."

John Sanchez and his wife are still grieving the loss of Mia. Sanchez believes state law should mandate any dog that kills another to be automatically euthanized. "Well the law would be more like California law, which would be if you kill, then you have to die, and it would be not just for pitbull, but for every dog."

Sanchez believes changing Nevada law would help protect future incidents from happening again. "It would make people take care of their dogs, I think, more, because they would afraid of it, especially having those kinds of dogs."

News 4 obtained the court documents of Sanchez's lawsuit. It is asking for $7,500 dollars in compensation. A hearing officer will determine if the dogs in question will be deemed as dangerous next month.

Washoe County Regional Animal Services quarantined and returned the pit bulls to Martinez. "Dealing with a dangerous dog and keeping a dog that has been declared dangerous is quite expensive," said Bobby Smith from Washoe County Animal Services. "You have insurance policies you have to keep enforced, you have caging policies you have to keep up with."

No one answered the door when we went to Andy Martinez's home on Tuesday for a response about the lawsuit. The hearing to determine if the dogs are dangerous is set for May 6, and the court hearing is set for May 9.
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Kramer - 4/9/2014 5:26 PM
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buncha kNeejerkVadans, all droolin' Pavlovian overloooong comments. Dogs can/do kill because a human induces them to, it's not necessarily some uncontrollable instinct. Even wolves may just "back off"after defending themselves. WOOF

Krooked - 4/9/2014 3:45 PM
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I've seen quite a few more small dogs attack big ones, and the big ones respond to the small dogs. Killing another dog is their self defense, they don't have the control a human does to prevent their life being ended. Make the owner change the way the dog is handled, yes, but don't end the life of the animal. If the dog was able to break through the fence, the owner should have to put up a much stronger fence that the dog can't break through. Dogs don't kill just to kill, they will in self defense though.

oldguyincc - 4/9/2014 11:33 AM
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If he wants to make Nevada's law like Kalifornia's, maybe he should go back there.

Bubbles - 4/9/2014 10:43 AM
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So if the 2 pit bulls that live next door some how get into my yard and start a fight with my dogs and the pit is killed my dog(s) should be killed also? This guy is an idiot.

tikidianne - 4/9/2014 1:00 AM
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People are 100% responsible for the actions of their dogs, regardless of breed. People should be punished!! You can't deem a certain breed as "dangerous" just because of the actions of few. Just like humans, dogs have personalities and behaviors based on how they were raised and/or trained. These dog attacks are completely preventable if the owners would put some responsibility into pet ownership!! And ANYBODY who raises/trains a dog to fight should be thrown in prison for life--- NO PAROLE EVER!!!

Nevadadad - 4/8/2014 7:43 PM
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There are 2 sides to every story. And what happens if your dog isn't leashed, but a larger dog is on a leash, and your dog approaches (antagonizes) your dog and your dog tears it up? That's YOUR fault, not the fault of the dog that was on a leash, or its owner. We happen to have a large dog now (used to have a Shih Tzu). Several times while walking our dog in near the park, we've been approached by smaller dogs not leashed, and whose owners didn't attempt to control their dog. If anything bad happened, that would be on the owner of the dog without a leash.

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