Pit Bull Gets Second Chance
Phoenix judge rules on the life of Mickey, the Pit Bull that attacked a 4-year-old boy.
Samantha Meyers |
Posted: March 25, 2014, 4 p.m. PST
Municipal Court Judge Deborah Griffon spares the life of the Pit Bull that mauled 4-year-old Kevin Vicente when the child wandered into his yard and tried to take a bone from the chained up dog. Read the full story here>>
Griffin declared Mickey a vicious dog. The ruling could have ended in euthanasia, but instead the judge spared his life, requiring that he be neutered, defanged, microchipped.
"There would be absolutely no possibility of the animal ever doing this to someone again," Griffin told the court referencing the attach that left 4-year-old Kevin Vicente with a broken eye socket and jaw, and months of reconstructive surgery ahead of him.
An animal rights group who serves as Mickey’s trustee has 30 days to find a rehabilitation center or shelter to take Mickey, where he will live out the rest of his days.
Since the attack, Mickey drew thousands of internet supporters who raised funds, held vigils and shared their feelings that the dog’s owner, the child and the child’s caretaker should be held responsible for the attack rather than the dog.
According to the Associated Press, Keven has also received an outpouring of donations and gifts since the attack. His mother, Floridalma Vicente, says she is grateful for the outpouring of public support, but can't understand the support that emerged for the dog.
"It disturbed me at first that they placed more value on an animal than on a child, and that made me feel very bad," Vicente tells The Arizona Republic through a Spanish interpreter.
During the trial the judge pointed out the shared responsibility of the adults involved, highlighting the "Beware of Dog" sign on the property, but also noting that the gate was left open and children were allowed to play near the dog.
"This whole case has been very, very distressing to me," Griffin says, adding that Kevin will pay the price for the rest of his life.
Neither Vicente nor the man who owned the dog attended the court hearing, but a half dozen animal rights advocates attended the hearing in T-shirts that bore a paw mark and a slogan, "Save Mickey."
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