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12/30/2013 11:07:00 AM
Ex-Bullhead City mayor mauled, husband killed in dog fight
Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

BULLHEAD CITY - A former Bullhead City mayor is seriously wounded and her husband is dead after five of their dogs attacked them Saturday night.

Bullhead City Police Captain Tad Appleby said former Bullhead City mayor Diane Vick and her husband, Thomas Vick, were mauled Saturday after one of their six dogs, a shepherd, got into a fight with another dog, a cocker spaniel, around 6 p.m.

When the rest of the dogs joined in on the fight, Thomas Vick tried to intervene and was attacked.

Both victims were transported to Western Arizona Regional Medical Center, where Thomas succumbed to his injuries. Diane was transported by helicopter to a Las Vegas hospital for further treatment.

The cocker spaniel did not survive the fight.

The dogs are being held at the Bullhead City Animal Control facility.

Former Mohave County Supervisor Pete Byers said he wished the best for Diane Vick after hearing the news. Vick was elected mayor of Bullhead City in 1999 and served on the county health board and on the Western Arizona Council of Governments with Byers.

"She was very capable, very smart and very hard-working," he said. "A very nice lady. I hope she gets better. That's an awful thing to have happen."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, January 6, 2014
Article comment by: Old Desert woman

I'm saddened by this story and the consequences of keeping too many dogs. People need to be educated about dogs and realize they are pack animals and preditors. There are many deaths and maulings every year especially by a few more dangerous breeds.

Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014
Article comment by: DAVID ROSS

I count 6 dogs counting the dead spaniel, well over the legal limit allowed in BHC.
Sad outcome but there is a reason for this type of rules

Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014
Article comment by: My 3 Dogs

We have 3 dogs. A neighbor's dogs got loose and teased my dogs. They stood outside our fence and teased our dogs. My dogs couldn't get outside of our fence to get the neighbors dogs so two of my dogs attacked my other dog and almost killed her. So more than two can be dangerous. The breed does not matter. I do not have pit bulls, dobies, etc.

Posted: Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Article comment by: froggy froggy

Dear "So Sorry "
I believe that you're missing the point of "concerned citizen." He was merely pointing out to some of you dog lovers the fact that we love the tear jerker stories but we don't want to hear or read stories about how savage some dogs can be, even to their owners.

Five dogs in the same residence is a lot of animals, each with different personalities. If they have the same mother or father, that's different. But if not, there's a big risk here.

But now, what's probably going to happen, is all the surviving dogs will be put down, and who knows what will happen to the poor lady in the hospital, and no husband. You have to shake your head, sometimes.

Posted: Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Anyone with 5 dogs is not very bright anyway, unless one is a hunter, dog breeder what earthly reason would one keep that many dogs for? My late Uncle used to keep over 100 dogs on his farm, he quit farming back in the 1960's raised bird, coon dogs, made more money than farming, but he kept his breeding stock fenced in, he died a ripe old age of 77! I got one dog, need no more!

Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Article comment by: j d

Praying for Mrs. Vick and the family. As a pet rescuer and owner of 5 dogs i want to say that dogs are animals and some have a strong prey drive and when the pack instinct kicks in- dont break up a fight or you will be attacked. Very sad for the Vick family. No human is at fault.

Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Article comment by: Re: Ellen Kelley

Yes, that is typical instinctive behavior by animals (get it?) but is it irrational or jumping to conclusions to point out that they had 3 dogs more than was allowed by the Bullhead City animal ordinance that if they had simply complied with the law that might have prevented this tragedy?

So what is the whole the story? More folks and pet owners who abide by the law might like to know.

Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Article comment by: So Sorry

How terrible for this family. My condolences. I don't believe this had anything to do with the amount of dogs they had. I myself have 5 dogs and have never had a problem with them fighting. From my experience, sometimes dogs just can't get along. Whether its fighting for hierarchy or food or whatever. Yes this probably could have been prevented. The aggressive dog should have been removed from the household.
@ Concerned Citizen... What does this story have anything to do with a dog that needs surgery? On one hand you have a man that is asking for help to save a dogs life and on the other you have a terrible tragedy where a man lost his life and a woman is seriously injured. Does it matter that they had 6 dogs or 2 dogs?

Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Article comment by: just j

This is such a tragedy, so sad. But it should also be a couple lessons here, animals are just that, animals! Also, NEVER try to break up an animal fight with your bare hands! Always douse with water, even if it is inside your house. I am saddened to hear that a man has died, one of the pets have died and the wife is in hospital with her injuries. Prayers for the wife and family of Mr. Vick. Please understand that animals will do things like this without a warning because they are after all, simply animals! I also will agree with 5 different types of dogs in one residence? I thought Mohave County had a rule about how many dogs, and they were far over that limit!

Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Article comment by: What Is Love Worth?

Wow! This story really opened my eyes and made me think about the time I intervened in a fight between a pit bull mix and a Chow! How lucky I was not to have been hurt, and only slight injuries sustained by the dogs. How badly I feel for the Vicks, whom I believe loved all their dogs. What we risk for those we love.

Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Article comment by: Ellen Kelley

To concerned citizen.

Do not jump to conclusions about the Shepherd or any dog for that matter. You do not know the whole story, it could have been "dinner time" and most of us that know dogs, and have more than one, that dogs are usually very territorial when it comes to food.

On the other side of it it could have been two females, or males, and they just did not get along!

I do not know why people have to leave nasty, irrational comments when situations like this are written.

Isn't it enough to just give condolences to the family??

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.


Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Article comment by: wow .

Wow, very sad. This is why I don't weigh in on a dog fight without a baseball bat.

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013
Article comment by: Bullhead City Code of Ordinances

6.08.015 Number of pets per residence.

A. The number of dogs over the age of four months shall be limited to three per residence.

So the former mayor should have been in compliance with that ordinance which might have been prevented this tragedy. However, even though I did not accuse the Vicks of being elitists who feel that their own city’s ordinances did not apply to them, I expect to be attacked anyway and or for not knowing them personally and or their pet situation.

But nevertheless, like I said, this tragedy could have been prevented and it is also obvious that you do not physically engage with such an aggressive breed of a dog. Again however, I expect to be attacked for pointing out the Bullhead City code ordinances on the number of pets allowed per residence.

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013
Article comment by: Elissa Limas

My sympathies to the family. This is a terrible tragedy. I hope this woman gets well soon. Prayers going out to this family.

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013
Article comment by: concerned citizen

Attention all you dog lovers:
This story should be published right next to the other story about the veteran with the dachshund that needed surgery!

That way, while all of you are crying tears of sympathy for that story of human kindness, you can mull over this particular story about the epitome of most other dog lovers here in Mohave county.

Five dogs in the same residence! And one of them is a shepherd with a temper! You must be kidding me!

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013
Article comment by: Toby Christensen

In before obvious "Vick" comment

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