Earlier this month, Opposing Views told you about Mickey, the Phoenix, Ariz. pit bull who viciously attacked 4-year-old Kevin Vincente. The incident happened at the end of February, and since then, the boy has been recovering from severe injuries to his face.
"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, at the time of the incident. “When he arrived [at the hospital] 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.”
The dog was taken to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, where workers were left to decide the animal’s fate, and when animal lovers across the country learned that the dog might be euthanized, they decided to start a petition against it. That petition now has garnered over 44,000 signatures, and a legal team is representing Mickey after a witness to the attack filed a petition with the city.
“The dog has no voice at this time,” said attorney John Schill, one of the team members representing the dog in court. “The owner didn't want to be the voice of the dog. They surrendered it to animal control, so we're stepping in to defend Mickey.”
Despite tons of support from people all over the world, Mickey’s fate still hangs in the balance. Guadalupe Villa, the witness filing the petition, says that the dog should be put down because it caused Vincente unimaginable pain and suffering.
“Mickey wasn't just biting to bite, he was shaking his head, trying to hurt,” said Villa, adding that Mickey belonged to her boyfriend and that the animal had once killed a puppy that wandered into the yard. “Honestly, I just want him to be put down.”
A Facebook page showing support for the dog has over 40,000 likes, while, according to the Daily Mail, a Facebook page in support of 4-year-old Vincente only has around 500.
“We feel sad because they care more about Mickey,” said Vincente family friend Flor Medrano. “They’re saying that it was Kevin’s fault because he was spoiled, and they don’t even know Kevin. And they don’t even know the dog, either.”
Still, Schill doesn’t see this situation as choosing a dog over a young boy, but instead sees it as people trying to save a helpless dog’s life amidst horrible circumstances.
"This is not Kevin versus Mickey," said Schill. "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.”
The hearing is currently scheduled for March 25, and it is there that Mickey’s fate will be determined.