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Arizona man fatally mauled by dog was a teacher

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BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. -

A man who was fatally mauled by one of his dogs was a teacher and the husband of a former Bullhead City mayor who also was injured by the dog.

Bullhead City police say 64-year-old Thomas J. Vick and 65-year-old Diane Vick wife were injured Saturday when they tried to break up a fight between their dogs.

Police Lt. Nick Sessions says the boxer turned on the Vicks and began attacking them.

Tom Vick died of his injuries Sunday morning. He taught social studies at Mohave High School.

"I was of course saddened by this story and shocked, very shocked that this happened," said Trish Spencer.

Spencer founded Arizona Boxer Luv Rescue in 1998, rescuing thousands of boxers and boxer mixes.  She says they're not known to be aggressive.

"They are playful, they are alert, and they're courageous, like they'll protect the family.  But they do not have a reputation for being aggressive or mean or any of that.. ever," she said.

"When you have multiple animals, they get in a scuffle with each other, usually trying to do a territorial thing," said Sgt. Guy Bell with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.  He says it's rare for dogs to attack their owners.

"Usually it's just a small scuffle among animals themselves and it's over.  To get this serious is very unusual."

Trish says while she's never seen the boxers she's cared for act aggressively toward people, it's still not clear what happened Saturday night.

"But it can happen to any two dogs, of any breed, of any size.  But it's just heartbreaking."

Diane Vick was hospitalized in Las Vegas and continues to recover.  She has requested that all of the dogs be euthanized after a 10-day quarantine where they will be monitored to see if they show signs of rabies.

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

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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