EXCLUSIVE: Vicious dog attack startles neighborhood

LAS VEGAS - Maria Fuqua and her husband Alonzo rescued Tyson from an animal shelter years ago.

"People say 'oh my gosh, he's so lucky to have you'. It's on the contrary. We are lucky to have him," Maria Fuqua said.

Tyson is a 3-year-old Maltese. The Fuqua's other dog, Cocoa, is a 1-year-old Yorkie. Alonzo was walking his two pets on Colloquium Dr. in Henderson on Tuesday when the dogs were attacked.

"My Tyson is 15 pounds. These two pit bulls tore him apart," Fuqua said.

Alonzo lost his voice on Tuesday wailing for help.

"I don't know why they didn't attack me. They just had it out for my Maltese," said Alonzo. "To see my dog the way he is right now is just heartbreaking. That's my heart."

Alonzo doesn't know how his neighbor's dogs got loose, but the pit bulls came out of no where and were uncontrollable. Alonzo says his neighbor's pit bull-type dogs attacked his dogs straight to couple's front door and tried to make their way inside.

Cocoa was able to escape, but Tyson was in bad shape. He broke several bones in the attack and is currently in the intensive care unit.

Neighbor Shelly Williams lives nearby and witnessed the attack.

"I think it's a safety issue for anyone in this community because if they are out and about and running free. I mean anyone who is walking their dogs apparently it's obvious now that they will attack to kill," said Williams.

Since Tuesday, Cocoa hasn't stopped shaking and the Fuqua's say they just want justice. They want the City of Henderson to remove the dogs from the neighborhood.

"Pit bulls are not bad. It's the people that breed them that are bad. I understand that part. I understand that. So, I don't hold it against the dogs. I hold it against the owners," said Alonzo.

8 News NOW was unable to locate the other pet owner on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the city said this is an open investigation and they're asking for patience.


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