Henderson questioned about humane treatment of dog that killed 1-year-old boy

A community activist alleges Onion, the dog that killed a 1-year-old Henderson boy in April 2012, is being treated inhumanely.

Gina Greisen told the Henderson City Council on Tuesday that Onion has been kept in isolation for a year with no exercise and no human contact.

Henderson officials think Onion is a dangerous dog and must be put down to protect public safety. The issue is on appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court.

“Please allow this dog some exercise while he awaits his fate,” Greisen told the council.

When asked about the concerns, city spokesman Bud Cranor said that Onion, a 120-pound mastiff Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, “absolutely has human contact on a regular basis.”

“He’s receiving regular care from a veterinarian,” the spokesman said.

Contact reporter Carri Geer Thevenot at cgeer@reviewjournal.com or 702-384-8710.

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