Onion, a bullmastiff, was kept in a shelter following an attack on a toddler in 2012. (Source: City of Henderson)
HENDERSON, NV (FOX5) -
The city of Henderson on Thursday evening reported it has released Onion, a bullmastiff that attacked and killed a 1-year-old in April 2012.
Onion was released to the New York-based Lexus Project, which is required to transfer the dog to a licensed dog rescue facility out of state. Further, the dog may not be adopted out to an environment where children are present.
Lexus Project is also required to pay for a memorial for Jeremiah Eskew-Shahan, the child killed by the dog. That memorial will be placed at a Henderson park.
City officials said the move to release Onion was to spare the child's family from reliving the events of April 27, 2012. In December, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled an evidentiary hearing would be needed in order to determine the facts of the case and ownership of the dog.
"As part of the proceedings, family members would have been required to testify and relive the horrible details of that day," said Henderson spokesman Bud Cranor. "We didn't want the family to have to endure that tragedy all over again."
Henderson had declared the dog vicious, and its owner, Jeremiah's grandmother, turned it over to be euthanized.
The grandmother later changed her mind, wishing the Lexus Project to take custody of the dog.
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