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Group Urges Halt To Euthanasia Of Dog That Killed Child

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — A group of dog lovers is trying to prod Henderson officials into sparing the life of a mastiff-Rhodesian ridgeback mix that bit and killed a 1-year-old boy.

The group has urged city officials to stop the scheduled euthanasia of the 6-year-old dog named Onion, saying it has found a dog sanctuary near Denver where the animal could spend the rest of his life.

Les Golden, a Chicago-area dog rescuer who is leading the campaign, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he hopes a flood of supporters will persuade Mayor Any Hafen to stay the euthanasia.

The dog could be killed Monday or Tuesday after a 10-day health quarantine ends.

Jeremiah Eskew-Shahan grabbed onto Onion to help himself stand up before he was bitten April 27 at home.

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