Killer dog case catapults Nevada to national animal rights spotlight
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Nevada has become part of a national debate on animal rights after a New York group took on the fight to save a killer dog.
Nevada is one of 16 states targeted so far by the Lexus Project. The group tries to save dangerous dogs like Onion. The Mastiff-Rhodesian Ridgeback killed a local 1-year-old April 27, the same day a killer Husky in Pennsylvania was spared.
On Friday, Clark County District Court Judge Joana Kishner lifted a temporary restraining order that kept Onion from being put down.
Th Lexus Project plans to appeal, after a Pennsylvania judge decided the husky that killed a two-day old baby in McKeesport will be sent to a sanctuary for potentially dangerous animals, instead of being euthanized. The Lexus Project wants a similar outcome for Onion.
Both children were on the floor the dogs when they were fatally mauled.
Jeremiah Eskew-Shahan's family was at their Henderson home when that attacked happened, but even locals who support saving Onion feel no dog should ever be left alone with a child.
The owner of a rescued Husky who once had issues with aggression told Action News, "People have to use their head about how a dog is treated around children, and you don't have a 115 pound mastiff just, with a kid running loose."
If the Lexus Project loses its appeal, Onion could be put down in about two weeks, making Nevada the first state so far where the group's effort to save a dangerous dog has failed.