Derion Stevenson (9) – Las Vegas, NV – Killed By Pit Bull-Mix While Visiting Friend (8/17/16)

Dog that attacked and killed child near Desert Inn and Hollywood has been euthanized

by Antonio Castelan – Thursday, August 18th 2016

Relatives tell us their 9-year-old son went to a friend’s house to get candy — and when the front door opened, the dog attacked. Witnesses say the dog bit Derion Stevenson right on the face.

Alikish Moore is the victim’s uncle.

“I’m seeing my nephew’s face full of blood,” said Moore.

It’s an image Moore said he will never forget. Moore found his nephew laying in a pool of blood. Moore tells News 3 a Pitbull inside a home near Desert Inn and Hollywood mauled his nephew.

“His friends were like let’s get some candy from my house. Went to get some candy. Next thing you know they opened the door. The dog just attacked my nephew,” said Moore.

Animal Control officers say the Pitbull bit the third grader on the face and punctured the main artery in his neck. The boy was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Moore still can’t believe the dog took his nephew’s life.

“I never thought that it actually go and kill my nephew. I thought it was a little bite or something,” he said.

Moore says his life will never be the same without his nephew. He called him his mini-me and the two shared a room.

“Just to know I can’t sleep with my nephew no more –like yeah at the time person always wanted his own room. What can you do I couldn’t sleep last night,” he said.

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NEVADA It appears 9 year old Derion Stevenson was mauled to death by a pit bull that had previously attacked. The…

Posted by National Pit Bull Victim Awareness on Saturday, August 20, 2016

Dog that killed Las Vegas boy had fought with another dog in July, wasn’t deemed dangerous


The pet “pit bull mix” that mauled and killed a 9-year-old Las Vegas boy Wednesday had been involved in a fight with another neighborhood dog in July, but Clark County animal control didn’t deem the animal dangerous or vicious at the time, county officials announced Friday.

The day of the dog fight, the pet’s owner was also cited for not neutering it and ordered to do so. When the boy was killed, the dog still hadn’t been neutered — a procedure veterinarians say can make a dog less aggressive.

The boy, Derion Stevenson, died at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center late Wednesday after the dog, named Left Eye, attacked Derion while he was visiting a friend’s house about 3:35 p.m. in the 6400 block of Duck Hill Springs Drive, near Desert Inn Road and Hollywood Boulevard.

Police haven’t confirmed if the dog slipped out the front door or was intentionally let out before the quick, fatal attack. The dog was euthanized early Thursday.

The dog fight announced Friday happened July 11, county spokesman Dan Kulin said. A neighbor told animal control she had been walking her Labrador retriever that day — in the same neighborhood where the boy was killed —when Left Eye attacked the Labrador.

Left Eye’s owner told animal control the Labrador initiated the fight. At the time, both dogs were scratched, but neither suffered significant injuries.

“County Animal Control has the authority to declare a dog dangerous or vicious, which could result in a dog being removed from a home,” the county said in a statement Friday. “However, the July incident was not serious enough to warrant a dangerous or vicious declaration.”

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Family mourns boy attacked, killed by dog

LAS VEGAS – A Las Vegas family is grieving after a pit bull attacked and killed 9-year-old Derion Stevenson Wednesday night.

The boy went to his friend’s house for some candy and when he got to the front door of the home, the pit bull got spooked and attacked him.

Derion’s uncle, A.J. Moore, tried to save him.

“I couldn’t sleep last night because of it,” he said.

His nephew was mauled and killed by a pit bull in an east side Las Vegas neighborhood.

“I ran over there thinking he might just need some stitches or something, but I’m seeing my nephew’s face full of blood,” he said.

Moore says little Derion ran into his friend’s house when the dog got startled and loose, then attacked.

“When I got to see him, he couldn’t move,” Moore said. “If I told him to move, he couldn’t move. It’s like he couldn’t hear anything I said, he couldn’t talk. One eye was open, the other closed.”

Stevenson was rushed to the hospital, but Moore says the dog bit his nephew on the neck and head and hit a main artery.

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2016 Dog Bite Fatality: Family Pit Bull Kills ‘Visiting’ Child in Las Vegas reports

July Attack Confirmed
UPDATE 08/19/16: County authorities confirmed the pit bull that killed a 9-year old boy was also involved in dog fight in the same neighborhood in July. Clark County Animal Control did not declare the pit bull dangerous or vicious after the attack. Derion Stevenson died after the same pit bull brutally attacked his face and neck a month later. The lack of public safety concern given to “animal aggression” by many animal control authorities is abysmal in many jurisdictions.

It is a false myth that “animal-aggressive” and “people-aggressive” are distinctly separate factors. Aggression, is aggression, is aggression.1

A neighbor was walking her labrador on July 11, when the pit bull, “Left Eye,” attacked her dog, county spokesman Dan Kulin said. The pit bull’s owner claimed the labrador initiated the fight. The labrador escaped serious injuries. In a statement released Friday, the county said, “the July incident was not serious enough to warrant a dangerous or vicious declaration.” The victim dog would have to sustain “substantial bodily harm or die as a result” of the attack, the statement said.

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American Pit Bull Terrier

The American Pit Bull Terrier is, like all the ‘bully’ breeds, one of this group of descendants of the British ‘bull and terrier’ type fighting bulldogs. Once imported into the United States, it was bred up to be bigger again, and again used in baiting animals and in dogfighting. The American Kennel Club (founded 1884) was unwilling to register these fighting dogs, so in 1898 the United Kennel Club was founded specifically to register working pit-fighting dogs and to promote dogfighting. In order to be registered, a dog had to first win three pit fights7,8,9. The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) became a ‘breed’. As dogfighting declined in popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, Colby (the most famous and prolific breeder of these dogs) began to search for a new market and began promoting the APBT as family pets10,11. This despite the fact that his breeding lines included child killers12.

The APBT is of medium intelligence, and it is athletic. They have plenty of energy and exuberance for life. They are affectionate companions are often referred to as a “nanny dog”, which leads many families to believe that they are suitable companions for children. Many can live happily with children and never have an issue, but there are many cases of the family pit bull suddenly attacking or killing a child in the household. The Pit Bull advocacy group BADRAP recently retracted their original “nanny dog” statements ( In 2013 and 2014, in the United States, 27 children were killed by Pit Bulls and their mixes. Most of these children were killed by family pet pit bulls that had never been neglected or abused and had always loved the child. As with all breeds, the traits needed for their original tasks remain in the dogs – in this case, the sudden explosive aggression that was necessary to survive in the fighting pit. An APBT may never show this aggression, but if it does there will be no warning and the attack will not be easy to stop. Extreme caution should always be taken when this breed interacts with children. They are fun loving dogs that have “clownish” behaviors. Despite, their many positive qualities, this breed may not be suitable for everyone. Their high energy requires a family that can accommodate and appreciate this aspect of their personality. They usually do best with active families. Many American Pit Bull Terriers get calmer as they age and an older dog may work for a more reserved family.

Learn more about the American Pit Bull Terrier

“Misunderstood Nanny Dogs” by J Thomas Beasley today. From the book – Page 40 & 41:

“John Paul Scott and John L. Fuller carried out a series of selective breeding experiments at the Jackson Laboratories in Bar Harbor, Maine. By happy chance, their results revealed a simple rule that seems to work. Their general conclusion was that a mixed breed dog is most likely to act like the breed that it most looks like.

Thus, the conclusion to be reached is that if it looks like a pit bull, it probably is a pit bull. Which is why most breed-specific legislation is aimed at the “pit bull class” of dogs that includes its close mixes. Pit bull mixes that look a lot like pit bulls have most of the same personality and genetic traits of pure bred pit bulls, and should be regulated the same way.”

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