People all over the world are standing up to save the life of a dog from Phoenix, Ariz., named Micky. The now-beloved pit bull is facing death after brutally mauling the face of a 4-year-old boy.
According to reports, the incident happened while the young boy was outside his babysitter’s house last month. Micky was chewing on a bone, and when the 4-year-old went to take it away from him, the dog attacked.
"The babysitter who was caring for the child then picked the child up and brought him to an urgent care center," said Maricopa County Medical Center’s trauma medical director, Dr. Jeffrey Salomone. An ambulance took the boy from the urgent care to a hospital. “When he arrived he was in shock, had severe injuries to his face; a lot of skin and fat underneath the skin pulled back on half of his face. Bleeding was stopped and then the plastic surgeon spent the next couple of hours putting his face back together. In my 20-or-so-year career, this ranks up there as one of the most savage dog attacks I've ever seen.”
Micky was taken to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, where he was quarantined for 10 days while workers decided whether or not to euthanize him.
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" You look at him, and he sits in his kennel and he doesn't look angry or aggressive at all,” said Melissa Gable from Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. “He seems really, really mellow. It was just the circumstances of what happened."
Now, animal lovers everywhere are standing up to support the dog. A Facebook page was created to draw up support for the pit bull, and most recently, the Save Micky page has over 28,000 likes. In addition, a change.org petition was started to try to convince officials not to euthanize the animal. So far, the petition has over 24,000 signatures.
Micky is scheduled to be euthanized this morning, March 3, but his supporters say they hope the animal control center will decide to put him up for adoption or give him to a group instead.
"It's a really tough decision and it's not something we want to make overnight, so we're taking time to figure it out,” said Gable.
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The fate of the dog is still up in the air while the young boy continues to recover from his horrific injuries.