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Pit Bull Draws Support After Attacking a Child

A polarizing decision is brewing about whether to spare Mickey's life after attacking a boy.

A polarizing decision is brewing about whether to spare Mickey's life after attacking a boy.

This Feb 20, a Pit Bull attack on a four-year-old boy in Phoenix, Ariz. that caused severe physical damage is developing into an ever-deepening and emotional divide.

Michael Schennum, Arizona Republic via AP
Mickey, a Pit Bull who attacked a four-year-old boy, awaits his future in the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control facility in Phoenix, Ariz.

According to azcentral.com, the boy, Kevin Vicente, walked into a neighbor’s yard and attempted to take a bone away from Mickey, his neighbor’s Pit Bull. Although the Pit Bull was secured by a chain, the dog was close enough to rip skin from Vicente’s face, causing massive bleeding and broken facial bones. Reconstruction on his face was needed; he will have permanent facial scarring and will most likely need emotional support. The owner of the Pit Bull gave the dog to Mariposa County Animal Care and Control permanently.

Associated Press

Kevin Vicente recovering from the attack as thousands rally to save the Mickey the dog.

Immediately after the attack, a Facebook community page called “Save Mickey” was set up to raise funds for Mickey’s lawyers and awareness about the negative affects on an animal’s psyche when chained up outside all day and night. There is also an inevitable discussion about whether Vicente should have been without supervision long enough to get into Mickey’s personal space, much less his yard.

A video by azcentral.com’s Michelle Lee about the debate states, “Internationally, tens of thousands of people around the world, from Tempe, Ariz. to the U.K., are weighing in on social media and online.”

A petition was filed at Phoenix Municipal Court (Court Case No. 14A4793044) requesting Mickey be declared a vicious dog, and be euthanized. There will be a court hearing in late March, 2014. Rodrigo Silva, director since 2004 at the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control in Phoenix says, “[Mickey] will be here until the courts decide what should be done with him. We’re just waiting at this point to see what the decision is.”

A fund set up for Mickey has collected $5,600, attorney John Schill, who is representing the dog in the court petition told the Associated Press. The editorial board of the Arizona Republic noted that a fund set up for Kevin had raised only $2,500 as of last week.

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