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The dog’s name was Onion, and he rose to national prominence in 2012 after mauling a Nevada child to death on the boy’s first birthday.
Onion, a 120-pound mastiff and Rhodesian mixed breed, was slated to be put down, but an animal rights group intervened and secured the dog’s freedom after nearly two years of legal wrangling with the city of Henderson, Nev. Deb Brinkley, who was hired last year as associate director of the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department, told her employees here that she helped save Onion by taking him in at a sanctuary she used to run in Colorado.
Albuquerque Animal Welfare employees told investigators with the city’s Office of Inspector General that it was just another example of the mindset of their department’s leaders and how they prioritize “live exits” for animals over public safety, according to an investigative report released Thursday by the OIG. The report states that Brinkley confirmed that she did provide sanctuary to Onion and he “lived out his days at her sanctuary in Colorado.”