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State senator hopes dog attack sparks change

State senator hopes dog attack sparks change

By Katie Crowther. CREATED Jul 11, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A state senator at the center of a vicious dog attack now hopes what happened to his pet leads to change.

"I will never be able to forget the screams and yelps I heard," says Nevada State Senator Mark Manendo. "I'll go to the grave with that memory. I'm scarred for life."

Senator Manendo was on a walk with his beagle, Carson, Tuesday afternoon when a pit bull came running toward them.

"The dog came out of nowhere and went right for Carson," he says. "It was horrible. I literally just dove on top of the pit bull and put it in a head lock. I was fighting for my dog's life."

Manendo was able to stop the attack before it was too late. His bloody clothes serve as a chilling reminder. Luckily, except for some scrapes, Manendo wasn't injured.

But Carson was seriously hurt. The dog had to undergo surgery and has a long road to recovery. Doctors fear infection may set in and worry the beagle could be disabled.

Meanwhile, the pit bull hasn't been quarantined. In fact, Manendo says the pit bull's owner took the dog away somewhere before Animal Control got there.

Action News tried getting in touch with the pit bull's owners. They were home but would not come to the door.

"At some point in time, they're going to need to step forward and take responsibility and turn that dog over," Manendo says.

More owner accountability is exactly what animal activists are pushing for.

"Attacks like this are happening too often," says Gina Greisen with Nevada Voters for Animals. "Pet owners need to make sure they can control, properly train, and socialize their animal. Whether at the county or state level, we plan to address this issue, to hold pet owners more responsible."