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Commissioner’s bull tranquilized after escaping; woman gets stitches

Collins cited, says he’s glad no one was seriously injured

Commissioner's bull escapes

KSNV reports on bulls that escaped from the yard of Commissioner Tom Collins. Aug. 17, 2012.

A day after North Las Vegas police tranquilized one of his bulls that had escaped its enclosure, Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins said he’s glad no one was seriously hurt.

A woman, who did not want her name released, received stitches to her chin after being bumped by the bull. On Sunday morning, she was at Collins’ home in the 4200 block of North Decatur Boulevard, tending to the horse that she boards on his property.

The 42-year-old woman spoke in the background, filling in details, during a phone interview with Collins. He described her as a cowgirl, friend and neighbor.

The bull got out of its fenced enclosure about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Collins said. Though not entirely rural, that part of North Las Vegas is zoned for larger lot sizes, so the city lets homeowners have cows, pigs, sheep, horses and other livestock.

“It was purely an accident,” Collins said of the escape.

Collins, who was in Logandale when the bull got out, said the woman was using a cattle-show stick, trying to turn the bull back toward a fenced area when it pushed her up against his house.

“She’s familiar with handling them and was just helping out,” he said.

He said she spent about an hour in the hospital getting stitches.

Another freed cow stood in Collins’ front yard eating grass and peaceably went back to the fenced-in area.

The escaped bull ambled on, finally cornered by North Las Vegas police about a half-mile from its pen. By this time, Collins had gotten to the scene. He asked police not to kill the valuable animal.

He said they promised that if tranquilizer darts shot by animal control officers worked, no one would shoot the animal. The darts worked, staggering the animal enough so it could be led into a trailer and carted back to Collins’ home.

Collins was issued a citation for “livestock at large,” a misdemeanor punishable with a possible fine of $1,000 or six months in jail.

This was the second incident involving Collins and law enforcement in the past two months. On July 3, he had been drinking and fired a gun in his yard, police said.

North Las Vegas police said he had become mad at a large salt cedar tree he had been trying to cut down and shot into it. He also shot a post, police said.

In that incident, he faces two charges: disturbing the peace and unlawful discharge of a weapon within city limits.

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  1. Have we had enough of Collins' bull?

  2. WHO KEEPS A BULL AS A PET? Bulls are potentially dangerous animals and big cities are not a good place to house them. Collins shot a tree out of anger last month, and I suspect he was pretty hammered when he did it. Glad I don't live anywhere near that 51/50.

  3. Being that Collins was not at the residence at the time, makes it hard to blame him. It makes me believe the that handler was at fault. I trained race horses and when the trainer was not at the barn, it was my responsibility for the horses. Sorry, but you can not blame him for this one.

  4. Seems everyone gets up in arms over bulls, wild cats, chimps. What about dogs?

    There is about 2500 dog bites each year in Clark County. Why is no one upset about dog bites".

    Over half those dog bites are to kids. Guess we should be up in arms over dogs. You know, safe the kids! ;-)

    Seems everyone has something to complain about. Just a bunch of BULL on Sunday morning! ;-)

  5. No mention of his political party, so you know he's a democrat without checking. The headline would have included GOP Commissioner otherwise.

  6. Collins is out of control and needs to be corralled into a pen of his own... at county jail.

  7. The noob reporter needs to know where Logandale, NEVADA is. There is a Logan, UT but Logandale is in NEVADA. Logandale was actually Logan originally but changed the name to avoid confusion.

    Where did Channel 3 get this guy. He can't Google on his phone?

  8. Yes, he is running for re-election (gee, a few years ago he was worried about term limits---what happened?), again, and Commissioner Tom Collins may be enjoying some free publicity via his over-the-top behaviors of late. It is how Tom Collins rolls.

    It might be time for Tom Collins to move to White Pine County where he would fit in better with the population.

    Commenter tttnow said, "Tom Collins is up for re-election in November. He has four prior convictions for DUI, Battery, and Road Rage. Now within two months, he has three more charges. Shooting a weapon within 1,000 feet of homes is dangerous, and given the fact that alcohol was involved makes it more dangerous. While Jon L. Smith and Jane Ann both think this is simply "Tom being Tom", and refuse to talk about the fact that elected officials should be held to a higher standard. The fact is, this man is a County Commissioner and the Chairman of the LVCVA. These are responsible, high profile positions and the citizens who have to live with decisions made by him, deserve an elected official who has their act together."

    Blessings and Peace,

  9. What was the blood alcohol level of the bull?

  10. GROOVY!