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Animal rights group could have uphill battle to save killer dog

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The Lexus Project, an animal rights group, has successfully won a temporary restraining order, saving a dog that attacked and killed a 1-year-old boy.

Jeremiah Eskew-Shahan was killed late last month when his grandparent's Mastiff-Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, named Onion, bit him on the head and killed the child.

Jeremiah's father, Chris Shahan, has told FOX5 he understands why the dog must be euthanized.

FOX5 Legal Analyst Bob Massi says that could hurt the Lexus Project's efforts.

"Whose rights should prevail here? The owners rights, or this out of state organization that wants to preserve and send this dog to a place where they can work on his temperament?" Massi told FOX5.

That place is an animal sanctuary in Colorado, where the dog will be evaluated and, according to the Lexus Project, possibly rehabilitated.

Veterinarian Terry Muratore says rehabilitation for Onion is possible.

"If it is pathology of some sort, that can be recognized and alleviated, whether that be through surgery or medicine, then perhaps the chances for rehab occur," Muratore said.

But Muratore says if the dog suffers from a tumor, nervous system or behavioral disorder, there's little that can be done.

"As heartfelt as I feel for these owners of the dog, and for Onion and for the child, I mean euthanasia may be the best option in this case," Muratore told FOX5.

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