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Dog That Killed Toddler Set Free

Long Legal Battle Over Mastiff-mix Named "Onion" Is Over
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( Henderson, NV ) – The Henderson dog that killed a 1-year-old almost two years ago will not be put down.

It’s been sent to an undisclosed out-of-state shelter.

That appears to be the end of a drawn-out legal battle that eventually ended up at the State Supreme Court.

The City of Henderson had contended that the dog’s owner had signed ownership of the 120-pound mastiff mix known as “Onion”  over to the city the day the toddler was killed in April of 2012.

The city’s plans to euthanize the dog were put on hold when the animal rights group – the Lexus Project – intervened, offering to move the dog to a sanctuary.

The Supreme Court ordered the case back to a lower court, but now the City of Henderson has given up the legal fight, saying it didn’t want to put the family through a traumatic court hearing in which the details of the toddler’s death would be brought up again.

The Lexus project is also dropping a lawsuit against the city. It won’t say where Onion ended up and says it will have no more to say about the case.

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