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Bullhead City former mayor, husband attacked by dogs
« on: December 30, 2013, 08:33:51 AM »

 By Jackee Coe The Republic | Sun Dec 29, 2013 2:27 PM

The former mayor of Bullhead City was hospitalized and her husband died after the couple was attacked by their pet dogs, according to the current mayor.

Former Mayor Diane Vick and her husband Tom tried to intervene after one of their larger dogs attacked one of their smaller dogs, but the dogs turned on them and attacked them, Mayor Jack Hakim said. They were flown to a hospital in Las Vegas.

Tom Vick, who taught social studies at Mohave High School, died of his injuries Sunday morning, he said. Diane Vick “was pretty well beat up,” but Hakim didn’t believe her injuries were critical.

Hakim said the incident was “pretty devastating.”

“We’ve had dog bites before but never something like this,” he said. “It’s very sad for us in Bullhead City. She was former mayor and he was a prominent high school teacher at Mohave High School. ... We’re just grateful that at least one of them was able to survive.”

The Bullhead City Police Department was expected to release more information Sunday.

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Re: Bullhead City former mayor, husband attacked by dogs
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2013, 08:57:55 PM »

 December 30, 2013 - 12:50pm Updated  December 30, 2013 - 4:23pm

Family dogs in fatal Bullhead City attack to be euthanized

Five family dogs that wounded a former Bullhead City mayor and killed her husband in a weekend attack will be euthanized.

Diane Vick, mayor of the Arizona town from 1999 to 2007, asked that the pets be “put down” after a 10-day quarantine, Bullhead City police Capt. Tad Appleby said Monday.

Vick, 65, and her 64-year-old husband, Thomas Vick, were home alone with their six dogs when a female 40-pound shepherd attacked a 14-pound cocker spaniel Sunday evening, Appleby said. Four other dogs, a boxer named Dempsy and three boxer mixes weighing between 45 and 60 pounds, joined the initial skirmish, he said.

“It culminated in a big dog fight,” Appleby said. “All six animals got involved. Mr. Vick got in the middle of it.”

The couple were taken to Western Arizona Regional Medical Center after suffering bites and cuts to their legs. Thomas Vick died at the hospital, possibly from bleeding to death through a cut to his femoral artery, Appleby said.

Investigators believe Dempsy inflicted the fatal wound, he said.

An autopsy will determine what killed Thomas Vick, a teacher at Mohave High school in Bullhead City.

Diane Vick was flown to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Hospital spokeswoman Amanda Powell said she was in good condition Monday.

The cocker spaniel died of injuries from the dog fight. The other five dogs were being held at the Bullhead City Animal Control shelter, where they’ll be monitored for signs of rabies.

Investigators don’t believe any of the dogs have rabies, but if they do Diane Vick would receive additional treatment for the disease, Appleby said.

With their six dogs, the Vicks were violating a Bullhead City law that limits three dogs per household, Appleby said.
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Re: Bullhead City former mayor, husband attacked by dogs
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2013, 09:12:39 PM »
Yikes! I can't imagine having six dogs. Getting in the middle of a dog fight is not good for your health.

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Re: Bullhead City former mayor, husband attacked by dogs
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2013, 09:16:18 PM »
Tom last name Vick?

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Re: Bullhead City former mayor, husband attacked by dogs
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2013, 09:20:40 PM »
Too many dogs in too close quarters.

Sorry that Mr. Vick died, but six dogs died due to stupidity.
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