Last week, a very large dog of the Mastiff breed was startled by a 1 year old boy who was celebrating his first birthday. The dog was startled when the boy supposedly startled the dog by pulling the dog's tailed. From the LVRJ: The canine that killed a 1-year-old Henderson boy won an 11th-hour reprieve Monday afternoon when a judge stopped his scheduled destruction.
District Judge Rob Bare issued a restraining order to halt
temporarily the euthanasia today of Onion, the 6-year-old
mastiff-Rhodesian ridgeback mix that attacked and killed Jeremiah
Eskew-Shahan last month in the family home.
Lawyers working with The Lexus Project, a national group that fights
to spare dogs from destruction, filed the motion for the temporary
restraining order Monday.
"We're thrilled," said Richard Rosenthal, a New York-based lawyer who heads The Lexus Project.
Bare scheduled a Friday morning hearing on whether to let Onion live
and turn him over to the Lexus Project, which would send him to a
sanctuary outside Denver that specializes in caring for large
Rosenthal said he hopes to negotiate with city animal control officials before then to settle the case and spare Onion's life.
"Killing the dog will not bring back the baby," he said.
http://www.lvrj.com/news/dog-that-killed-baby-gets-reprieve-from-euthanization-150537165.htmlI am torn on the issue. The dog may be killed because it was acting on instinct when the child startled the dog. Also, killing the dog will not accomplish anything. The dog is probably wondering when his previous owners will show up.
On the other hand, the dog killed a baby and so the dog could never be allowed to be that close to a child or infant. And, didn't the family of the dog want the dog to be put down? Further, the dog is being treated like a human being by the lawyers of the rescue dog group and Henderson courts. It is not human being, it is a dog.. And wouldn't it be nice if this dog rescue organization would adopt the animals that are killed in Las Vegas and Henderson just because the dog's owners don't want them any more.
All in all, I am glad I am not involved in this case. There are no winners, just a bunch of heart ache.