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Nevada high court to hear case of killer dog on Wednesday

Nevada high court to hear case of killer dog on Wednesday

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Jul 2, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Onion, the killer dog, will have his day in court on Wednesday, July 3.

The six-year-old 120-pound mastiff/Rhodesian mix was responsible for the death of a one-year-old boy in Henderson on April 27, 2012.

The incident happened on the boy's birthday. After celebrating his birthday, the little boy wanted to say goodnight to Onion.

According to reports, he fell on the dog in a dark room and Onion grabbed him and shook him violently.

The young child was severely injured in the attack and died from his injuries.

The owner of the dog -- the boys' grandmother -- turned the dog over to the Henderson Animal Control to be put down.

However, local activists began lobbying to save Onion's life and a New York-based group named the Lexus Project soon stepped in.

The Lexus Project was able to convince Onion's owner to sign an affidavit that she wanted the dog to live. The Lexus Project wants to send Onion to a sanctuary in Colorado to live out the rest of his life.

The fight for Onion's life has spurred several protests and has resulted in a Save Onion Facebook page.

The Nevada Supreme Court initially said that it would not intervene after a lower court ruled to put Onion down but changed its mind after an appeal was filed.

Onion's case is now scheduled to be heard by the Nevada Supreme Court. The oral arguments are scheduled to broadcast via a live stream on the Internet.

The major legal issue is whether or not the Lexus Project has the legal authority to act on the behalf of Onion.

It could be several months before the high court actually rules on the case.

Onion has been in the custody of the Henderson Animal Control since the incident. During his incarceration, local animal rights activists have claimed that he is not receiving proper care, including human interaction and exercise.

Joyce Lupiani

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Joyce Lupiani is the managing editor for PositivelyLV.com and contributes to KTNV.com and NowTrending.com.