Authorities in Arizona say that Diane Vick – a former mayor of Bullhead City, Ariz. – was hospitalized as a result of a dog attack at the family home on Saturday evening that also killed her husband.
According to USA Today, Vick and her 64-year-old husband Tom Vick, who taught social studies at a local high school, were at the family home Saturday evening just before 6 p.m. when their dogs – identified as a boxer and cocker spaniel – reportedly started fighting with each other.
The couple reportedly attempted to intervene and break up the dogs, but the boxer became agitated and attacked them. Tom Vick died from his injuries Sunday evening and Diane Vick suffered several serious injuries as well, but authorities do not believe her injuries are critical or life-threatening.
“We’ve had dog bites before but never something like this,” says current Bullhead City Mayor Jack Hakim. “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.”
According to dogsbite.org, there were an estimated five reported fatal dog attacks involving boxers throughout the United States between 2005 and 2012. According to a number of dog experts, boxers are not considered overly aggressive in nature but have naturally strong jaws and can become aggressive when they are excited or anxious.
The boxer breed of dogs was developed in Germany in the 19th century and was originally bred for one of two purposes: to participate in dog fighting or to help hunters with larger game such as bison or wild boar. As is the case with pit bulls, the fact that these dogs were bred to attack each other and kill large animals is one of the main reasons that they can be considered so dangerous to people, especially children.
What’s so tragic about this particular case is the fact that the man and his wife were brutally attacked by their own family pet. And while that may make this case seem especially devastating, it’s not uncommon at all. In fact, dogsbite.org says that 61 percent of all dog attacks happen at the victim’s home or a familiar place, and also that 77 percent of dog bites and attacks involve a dog that belongs to the family or a familiar friend.
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