SPARKS, Nev. (MyNews4.com & 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.