Henderson, Nev. — The case of Onion the dog has finally been settled and he has been moved to a sanctuary in Denver,
The landmark Las Vegas case began in in April 2012 when Onion, a Mastiff and Rhodesian mix fatally attacked Jeremiah Eskew-Shahan.
The little boy was celebrating his very first birthday at his grandmother’s house.
According to family, Onion had never displayed signs of aggression.
Shortly after the attack, Jeremiah’s father, Chris Shahan, had gone on record to say that that he felt like he lost two family members and the grandmother turned over the dog to the Henderson Animal Shelter and Onion was scheduled to be euthanized.
Somewhere along the line, the grandmother changed her mind.
The Lexus Project became involved, claiming that the grandmother’s decision was made under duress and that she wanted Onion the dog turned over to the Lexus Project.
A court battle ensued and Onion had been confined at the Henderson Animal Shelter while the matter over “custody” of Onion was decided.
As days turned into weeks, then months and then past the one year mark, passions were high on both sides.
Even people who believed Onion should be euthanized were upset at the conditions he was living in confined to a cage at an animal shelter.
In December, the Supreme Court of Nevada reversed the decision of the District Court and ordered the court to hold an evidentiary hearing to determine whether the transfer of Onion to the city was made under duress.
That decision paved the way for the case to go to trial and most likely prompted the City of Henderson to stop fighting to euthanize Onion saying that they did not want to cause the family any more pain.
The terms of the agreement require the Lexus Project to assume full responsibility for Onion and to absolve the City of Henderson of any future liabilities concerning Onion.
In previous communication with Robin Mittasch of the Lexus project, she has said that Onion would be well-cared and wrote,
We have made arrangements for an out of state sanctuary to take Onion where he will live out the rest of his days and be well cared for, rather than be adopted so there will never be a chance of any other incidents.
Interestingly, the Save Onion Facebook page has not announced the decision on their page claiming that it is out of respect to the family. Since the foundation relies on donation, that decision seems strange,
Instead of any communication to it’s many supporters about Onion, their efforts are currently centered around threatening a man named Les Gordon, who apparently donated money to the Lexus project with legal action.