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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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  • milt murphey

    as we feel for this family. the dog doesn’t deserve to be killed. probably scared the dog when the baby pulled up on him. we are dog lovers, and always have been. we have two that are our kids now. we love the dog. hope it the best. send it to that place to live.. thanks ever so much milt & gail

  • Shecky Vegas

    Once an animal tastes human blood, or mainly any blood, you cannot keep it around people. It will revert to its feral instincts. It MUST be put down.

    • Vic

      That’s not true. Plenty of people feed raw diets to dogs and they aren’t any more aggressive than any other dog. In fact, sometimes they’re less since the urge and desire for flesh and bone is sated. Not that dogs are all aggressive and hyper on raw fed diets.

      I own a Mastiff that we feed raw to occasionally and he has no inclination of biting anyone or going to kill animals. Our other dogs supplement their kibble with wild ducks they like to catch, yet they’re completely friendly with the horses and goats. It’s all about training.

      The dog was being a dog. There’s no reason for him to be put down.

  • Susan

    I adore animals and have spent many years fostering rescues and fundraising for rescued dogs. We can never re-home a dog that has bitten a human being or another animal.

    I know that the people who want to save this dog have the best of intentions, but it is entirely possible that the dog has a serious neurological problem. The most humane thing to do is to euthanize the dog and have a necropsy performed. If the results are positive, at least the child’s parents will know why this tragedy happened.

  • Dog killing children is ok!

    This dog should be tortured first, then killed.

    The owner should have just beat it to death with his own hands.

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