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Support for Pit Bull Which Mauled Arizona 4-Year-Old Draws Debate

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PHOENIX, AZ-- A campaign to save a 5-year-old pit bull terrier named Mickey has drawn both criticism and support after he mauled a 4-year-old boy and left him fighting for his life. 

According to MyFoxPhoenix, Mickey was chewing on a bone when little Kevin Vicente wandered into the yard and tried to take the bone out of the dog's mouth. Mickey attacked the boy, who was rushed to the hospital. Even doctors were shocked by the severity of Kevin's injuries. 

"A large amount of his face from his forehead to his jaw was ripped back, folded back over the ear, and the mandible having obvious fracture to it this one caught everybody off guard with the severity," said Dr. Jeffrey Salamone.
Mickey the dog was turned over to the Maricopa County Animal Care & Control shelter, where he was expected to be euthanized. But then an upswell of support for Micky put things on hold. 

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Supporters believe the dog was just being a dog and he shouldn't be put-down for doing what came naturally. A Change.org petition amassed over 45,000 signatures and a Facebook page in support of Mickey has totaled over 41,000 "Likes."

An attorney even got involved and filed a petition not to euthanize Mickey. Now, a March 25th court date has been set to hold a hearing on the dog's fate. Speaking to the Associated Press, attorney John Schill says "This is not Kevin versus Mickey. Having Mickey killed is not going to take away Kevin's pain or injuries. The only thing this is going to do is kill a poor, innocent dog."

As for Kevin, he is still healing after suffering a broken eye socket, fractured jaw and multiple gashes to his face. According to azcentral, a recovery fund for Kevin has been set up at maricopahealthfoundation.org to help pay for his treatment. 

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