Name: Susan Baker
Victim: Adult, Pet
Location: Airport women’s restroom in Las Vegas, Nevada
Year of attack: 2022
Tell us about the attack
In November 2022, we were looking at houses one weekend in Las Vegas and staying with friends. We had our four-pound Yorkie, Thom, with us. I went into the restroom, used the toilet, and went to wash my hands. I had Thom in my arms, in his harness and leash. As I turned to wash my hands, a huge pit bull jumped on me, bashing my head against the edge of the tile wall.
The pit bull then pulled Thom right out of his harness and began mauling him. The pit bull owner, a woman, who had brought her pit bull into the restrooms, did nothing to stop it, and acted as though she didn’t care what happened to us.
I started screaming so loudly that my partner came running in to help. We rushed Thom to an emergency vet, and from the vet office I went to the hospital via paramedics.
How has your life changed as a result of the attack?
Our lives will never be the same.
I am 71 years old and was just diagnosed with lung cancer before the attack.
I suffered a severe head injury from being bashed into the wall, and because of it had to cancel the scheduled lung cancer surgery. I was bruised from the whole side of my face and body down to my right knee. I suffer constant headaches. The attack and its knock-on consequences may ultimately cost me my life.
Thom will be ten years old on Dec. 5th, 2022, but will never be the same. He suffered a broken jaw, broken ribs, a mutilated eye and multiple bite marks that needed stitches.
Our medical bills from the attack are now over $4,000.
I am terrified of everything now.
The pit bull owner, a woman, was homeless and just walked off with her pit bull. All airport security did was take a picture of her driver’s license. That’s it.
She paid nothing for any of the medical bills. Nothing.
What would you like people to know as a result of your attack?
Do not own a pit bull. Do not go near them. You are not safe anywhere on this earth until these monsters are all gone.