LAS VEGAS (AP) — A legal battle over a dog that killed a Nevada toddler has ended with authorities turning over the mastiff-Rhodesian mix to an animal rights group, officials said.
The 120-pound canine named Onion became the focus of a dispute after it fatally mauled 1-year-old Jeremiah Eskew-Shahan nearly two years ago.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Thursday night (http://bitly.com/1eX7bys ) that the city of Henderson, which had sought to euthanize the animal, instead gave it to the New York-based Lexus Project.
City officials said in a statement that they decided to give up the court fight “in an effort to spare family members the grief of reliving the tragic events of the dog attack.”
Lexus president Robin Mattasch said the dog “has been relocated permanently to a rescue.” She declined to say where, but said it would not be to the Colorado sanctuary mentioned earlier.
Jeremiah’s family had been celebrating his birthday on April 27, 2012 when the child tripped and fell on the dog while it was sleeping in a dark room. The boy lifted himself up by the dog’s ears and the startled animal grabbed and shook him, causing fatal head and facial injuries.
The city declared the dog vicious and the owner turned him over to be euthanized. But the Lexus Project intervened, saying Jeremiah’s grandmother, the dog’s owner, had changed her mind and wanted to release the dog to the group.
In December, the Nevada Supreme Court returned the case to Clark County District Court to determine the facts of the case. At issue was whether owner Elizabeth Keller voluntarily surrendered ownership to the city.
“Family members would have been required to testify and relive the horrible details of that day,” city spokesman Bud Cranor said in a statement.
The statement said that the Lexus Project indemnified the city of future liability for the dog. The city is also requiring Lexus to pay for a memorial for Jeremiah that will go in a Henderson park.
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All you people who were in favor of saving this overgrown demon's life obviously aren't as familiar with the Lexus Project as you think you are. The same dog-freak organization saved another 4-legged murderer that, back in November 2011, attacked a New York City man, who later died. This was another Behemoth fleabag weighing in at 130 pounds. Guess what the Lexus Project did with the killer dog? Sent him to Ohio to a woman who had a tiny back yard, where she already had dozens of dogs! The killer fleabag escaped and was missing for some time. Although the Lexus Project continues to blame the dog freak who was supposed to be "rehabilitating" the hairy devil for killing him, on one website, someone claimed to have found the dog after it escaped, starved it, then shot it between the eyes and dumped its body on the woman's property, where she subsequently buried it. Hopefully, "Onion" will suffer a similar fate. If someone doesn't take the initiative and rid the world of that ugly monster, he WILL kill again and if there's any justice in this world, his next victim will be a member of the Lexus Project!
Such a tragic story. As a dog-lover myself, I know that no matter how well-trained your pet is, you never know if something (or someone) could trigger aggressive behavior. Dog attack lawsuits are common and complicated, and - as these comments have proven - emotions on this subject can be heated. So how much liability rests with Onion's owner, the child's grandmother? It really depends on state policy, but in this case it is definitely within the mother's right to seek damages for negligence - which she did for $10,000. That money will never replace young Jeremiah's life, but at least there was some justice.(http://www.personal-injury.injurylawcolorado.com/animal-bites.html)
The bottom line is that the Lexus project won and Onion is safe. And anyone who believes what's in the media is out of their minds. They twist or give partial stories to change the meaning. Drama sells. No one but the family of the baby and Onion know what really happened. I understand that Tlp and the grandma do have a "relationship" since the accident happened when the grandma reached out to them. Tlp is not talking. Nor should they.
However, I am positive that Tlp actually won this case and the reason they are not bringing this to trial is not because of the family (if the city were so concerned about the family, they would have ended this 2 years ago with the same deal they accepted now). They knew they lost and in order to save face they concocted up that story.
For the comment about all the non vicious dogs available.
First of all, Onion is not vicious.
Secondly, Tlp us not a rescue or adoption group. Their mission is to defend dogs wrongly accused of being dangerous or vicious. Dogs who have an Owner and who's owner wants to protect them. Going into shelters would not be what Tlp does UNLESS there is a dog in the shelter deemed vicious or dangerous through no fault of their own and someone wants to adopt that dog. Such is a current case for Tlp. "Save Angus" on Facebook.
I learned about Tlp about 3 months ago and I am awe struck by their incredible passion and dedication.
Thank God for Tlp.
Once this overgrown monster is transported to New York (where another site indicates he is being sent) and adopted by someone -- who probably won't be informed of the ugly devil's history -- he will be free to kill again. The Behemoth weighs in excess of 120 pounds and a dog that size can kill an adult almost as easily as it can kill a child.
Rescue organizations are notorious for taking dogs that have attacked and tried to kill people, renaming them -- sometimes going so far as to change their "breed" -- sending them out of state and allowing some unsuspecting person to adopt them. A good example is the big ugly pit bull owned by James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The dog named "Patron" attacked Harrison's 2-year-old son because the child was crying and then turned on the child's mother. The vicious fleabag, which should have been put down, was instead turned over to a pit rescue organization that changed his name to "Duke" and advertised him as an "American Bandogge Mastiff."
Another such case occurred a few years ago in New Jersey. A woman was attacked by her Doberman Pinscher, turned the dog over to animal control, explained it had tried to kill her and was assured it would be euthanized. But some dog freak decided it was really a "good dog" and allowed an unsuspecting woman named Valerie Deswart to adopt it. Just 11 days later, the 4-legged killer murdered Ms. Deswart.
No one should ever trust animal control to "put down" an aggressive dog. The only way to ensure a dog is put down is to insist on watching it being euthanized or put it down yourself. And anyone who really believes these dog freak rescue organizations will warn people about a dog's vicious past is delusional because the people involved in dog rescue are concerned only about saving dogs and do not care how many human beings are injured or killed in the process.
insane.. the dog killed a human being also how does anyone know how the dog killed the child if he was in a "dark room" any one see the child pulling himself up by the dogs ears.. if so why didn't they do something right then? very suspect. The Lexus Project is an animal rights group that reveres animal life over human life,
I love dogs.. but in this case a home was taken or a place at a "rescue" that could have taken a friendly dog
As for the stats you quote.. shelter kills are way down and the 3-4 million you quote are mostly feral cats which are killed upon intake in most cases.
@Stevie2u: The City did not lose the case and The Dog Freak Project did not win! The Nevada Supreme Court returned the matter to the lower court and because so much time and money had already been wasted on the worthless fleabag, and the father of the child -- who wanted the 4-legged killer euthanized from the beginning -- was tired of fighting, the City, in deference to the child's parents, decided not to pursue the case. Had the case continued, there is little doubt the lower court would have ordered the overgrown fleabag be put to death.
If you want the real "facts" of the case, do like I did and read the court documents.
You have the audacity to say "Onion is not vicious." If a dog that murders a 1-year-old child that it has been around the child's entire life isn't "vicious," what would you call it?
You say you are "awe struck [sic]" by the dog freak organization's passion and dedication, but not once during your tirade do you express any concern whatsoever for the little boy whose life was brutally snuffed out by that killer Behemoth! The fact the child suffered horribly while his tiny head was clenched in that gigantic demonic mouth and he was shook so badly that his neck, spine and other bones were shattered doesn't bother you at all.
Some people say what goes around comes around and I thank God I won't be in your shoes when it starts coming around!
@JasonFnoe you sound like a nutcase who follows a group who shall remain nameless as I do not want them to get any more press..while I agree aggressive dogs should be put down in most cases and not "rescued' and certainly not rehomed. Instead of sounding sensible you sound crazy That way neither side wins
@bestuvall: The information in this article is incorrect because today's so-called writers simply copy the work of others without bothering to check the facts. The room wasn't dark and the dog wasn't sleeping. The little boy had crawled up to the overgrown fleabag and was using the Behemoth to steady himself so he could stand (the child was just learning to walk) as he had done dozens of times before without incident. The child's grandmother was just inches away and had reached down to pick up the boy when the ugly monster, without warning or provocation, suddenly grabbed the little boy's head in its giant jaws and began shaking him like a ragdoll, ignoring the grandmother's commands to stop. After killing the child, the demon dog dropped his broken little body and casually walked away.
@Stevie2u : Then prove what I've said is wrong. The fact is, you cannot prove me wrong and instead, you resort to calling me ignorant and making disparaging remarks!
@bestuvall@JasonF: Nothing in my post sounds "crazy" to anyone except a dog freak. Like it or not, what I posted is the absolute truth and there are many other cases of dog freaks in animal shelters allowing the adoption of dangerous dogs with disastrous results.
Furthermore, I do not, nor have I ever, followed dogsbite.org. In fact, the organization and I do not even agree on how the number of deaths-by-dog should be counted -- I count ALL cases in which a person is killed in a dog-related incident, e.g., running into traffic and getting hit by a car while being chased by pit bulls, and dogsbite.org does not count those incidents. Additionally, I do NOT obtain my information from dogsbite.org, however, I have seen some of my posts copied and pasted on the dogsbite.org and other sites.
@ChrisInFlorida@MJClarke@bestuvall@JasonF : The monster killed an innocent 1-year-old child that it had known since the day the baby was brought home from the hospital. He deserves to be called much worse than the descriptive terms I am allowed to use online! When a human being is murdered by some worthless fleabag, I am "hateful, judgmental and biased" and anyone who isn't needs a reality check! Additionally,the fact you took time to reply to my comments proves my words were not "wasted." So, thank you, ChrisInFlorida!
@MJClarke@bestuvall@JasonF Well this is the 1st time I have read a post from Bestuvall and I would like to say that I agree that the derogatory terms used to call an aggressive animal that was placed in a situation where it's animalistic instincts were tested over training and the instinct won and the training failed is not effective. The derogatory terms just make you seem hateful, judgemental and biased instead of intellectual and informative. I wish you luck in getting your opinion across to others because if it comes across to others the way you came across to me your words are wasted. SO GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!!!!!!!
@bestuvall@JasonF: The rules forbid personal attacks on other commenters or calling them unbecoming names. There is no rule against describing some 2-cent fleabag for the monster it is and every derogatory comment I made about this overgrown murderer was correct.
I have been 100% "civil" in my "discourse" with others because I have not attacked anyone else or called anyone unbecoming names, which is more than can be said for you!