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Motion from animal-rights group for detained dog denied

Reported by: Sergio Avila
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Updated: 5/11/2012 6:14 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Clark County District Court Judge Joanna Kishner rejected a request from the New York-based Lexus Project to take ownership of of a dog that fatally mauled a 1-year-old child two weeks ago.

The 6-year-old mastiff-Rhodesian ridgeback mix named Onion killed Jeremiah Eskew-Shahan on April 28.

The boy's family in Henderson voluntarily gave the animal up for euthanasia.

But a court injunction on Monday delayed the death at least until the court hearing.

Lexus Project lawyer Rich Rosenthal argued that the dog should be sent to live at a sanctuary outside Denver. He said the 120-pound family pet was only following its nature.

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