3 injured after pit bull attack, 1 critical, owner arrested

PAHRUMP, Nev. -- Three men in Nye County were seriously injured after they were attacked by three pit bulls Friday morning.

The Nye County Sheriff's Office said all three men had to be taken to the hospital, and one of the men is listed as critical.

"It was crazy. It was really scary," Maria Wells, a neighbor said.

Law enforcement said it first received the call about the dog attack at 1091 Black Street in Pahrump around 11:55 a.m. It all unfolded when the first victim went to his neighbor's home to feed the cats. The neighbor who has the cats owns the property, but rents out a section of it to 40-year-old Ricky Davidson who has three pit bulls.

Deputies said when the first victim walked up to the home the three dogs jumped a 6 foot fence and began brutally attacking the man. He began screaming for help, so one of his friends ran over, and he was also attacked.

Nye County Sheriff said a third man jumped in to help the two other men, and the dogs attacked him too. At some point, the two men who tried to help the first victim broke free from the clutches of the pit bulls and dragged the first victim next door with them as they fled.

Detectives said they victims closed the gate behind them, but the dogs were able to find a hole in the fence and continue attacking.

Deputies said that's when one of the men grabbed a gun and shot two of the dogs, but that didn't stop the dogs. In fact, they apparently didn't stop their attack until Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue arrived with sirens, which scared them off.

The first victim was taken by Mercy Air to University Medical Center where he is listed as critical. 

"He was in shock and he was bleeding really bad," said Wells. "My heart goes out to him. I pray to God that he's okay."

The other two victims were taken to Desert View Hospital with serious injuries.

Further investigation into Davidson's dogs revealed this wasn't the first time they've attacked somebody. There was an incident where another man was allegedly attacked eight months prior to this latest incident.

Neighbors say they blame the owners if dogs turn out to be too aggressive.

"I think it's sad if you teach them to be aggressive and these animals are so powerful that they can really hurt somebody," said Bruce Wells, neighbor.

Davidson was arrested and booked into the Nye County Detention Center on the charge of 'owner keeping vicious dog resulting in substantial bodily harm.' One of the dogs was euthanized because the bullet went through its lungs.

The other two dogs were quarantined pending testing and the appropriate animal control procedures. One of those dogs was also shot in the shoulder, but it did not need to be immediately euthanized.


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