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State Supreme Court to determine fate of killer dog

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Onion (Courtesy: The Shahan Family) Onion (Courtesy: The Shahan Family)

The fate of a dog that killed a toddler inside a Henderson home will now be in the hands of the Nevada Supreme Court.

At the same time, animal activists are upset that Onion, a mastiff-Rhodesian mix, has been kept in a solitary confinement cage for more than a year.

In April 2012, Onion attacked and killed 1-year-old Jeremiah Eskew-Shahan.

The child's grandmother and Onion's former owner, Elizabeth Keller, gave up legal ownership of the animal to the New York-based Lexus Project, an animal rights group that wants to house the dog in a Colorado sanctuary.

The Lexus Project will now argue its case against the city of Henderson in front of the state Supreme Court.

"There's nothing vicious about the dog, and there was nothing intentional about the act," Lexus Project attorney Richard Rosenthal said.

Gina Greisen with Nevada Votes for Animals believes the city could be treating Onion more humanely.

"[He is] locked in a cage with no physical human contact, no interaction and no exercise," she said.

The city of Henderson told FOX 5 it's following the law for dealing with vicious animals, and a vet has been examining Onion three times a week.

Greisen said that's not good enough.

"Even folks who wanted to see the dog euthanized do not agree with the way this dog is being kept," she said.

If the court rules in favor of the Lexus Project, the group will have the right to adopt the dog out to a willing family. For now, however, they say their intention is to send him to a sanctuary.

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