More than 65,000 people signed an online petition to save Mickey the pit bull whose vicious attack earlier this year virtually ripped off the face of four-year-old Kevin and broke his eye socket and jaw. And a judge spared Mickey’s life, deciding instead to have him neutered and de-fanged.
Donors have so far contributed more than $21,000 to cover the medical expenses of Kevin Vicente, who was savagely mauled by Mickey in a park. The Phoenix, Arizona, boy will never fully recover from the attack, but his mother was thankful for the generosity and support they have received through online donations in the ten days since the fund open, with one anonymous donor contributing $13,000. Flora Vicente told AZ Central:
I wish that it had happened to me instead of him, but there’s nothing I can do. Then he sees me and says, “Don’t cry mommy, I love you”. But then five minutes goes by and the same thing happens again.
Mrs. Vicente has had to quit her job to care for her little boy.
Witnesses of the incident have testified that Kevin grabbed Mickey’s bone and dropped it when the dog growled, MyFox Phoenix reported. When the boy made no attempt to flee, the pit bull went on the attack. (Scroll down for the video report.)
1. Kevin Vicente, whose face was virtually ripped off in a dog attack in February, has received over $21,000 in online donations in just 10 days.
2. Kevin Vicente suffered a broken eye socket and jaw in the February mauling, and has months, if not years, of reconstructive surgery ahead of him.
3. Mickey the pit bull who attacked four-year-old Kevin Vicente February 20 in Phoenix won a reprieve from a judge, who ruled that the dog will be neutered and defanged instead of being euthanized.
4. Kevin’s mother, Flora Vicente (right), said she was disturbed by the support people gave the dog that attacked her son.
Guadalupe Villa, whose boyfriend’s mother was babysitting Kevin on the day of the attack, filed the vicious-dog court petition which started the case, arguing that Mickey had a history of being violent and had already killed one of her dogs.
Animal advocates, however, fought back, claiming that both Mickey and Kevin are victims and the boy’s babysitter was negligent in allowing him to play “unsupervised” near the animal. They also argued that the dog’s owner was fostering aggression by keeping him chained up.
Judge Griffin said that several people shared some responsibility for the attack and pointed out that, while there was a “Beware of Dog” sign on the property’s fence, the gate was nonetheless left open and kids were allowed to play near the dog. Noting that Kevin will paythe price for the rest of his life, he said:
This whole case has been very, very distressing to me.
Several animal rights advocates were at the hearing, wearing T-shirts that bore a paw mark and the slogan “Save Mickey”. One of them, Veronica Lee, said that the hearing showed that Kevin’s babysitter wasn’t watching closely and that the dog was kept chained.
5. The Change.org petition to save Mickey received 65,000 signatures.
6. Kevin has been receiving cards and presents from kind strangers.
7. Now 10 months after the mauling, Kevin is better but still has a long way to go.
8. A fundraising effort for Kevin exceeded its goal of $20,000 in just over 10 days, and there is still a month remaining when donors can contribute to the site.
We were not here to put a dog above Kevin. We were just here to make sure justice was served.
Luis Acosta, who said he wasn’t related to anyone involved in the case, disagreed with Judge Griffin’s decision and added:
Who is going to see to it five years from now that this dog still hasn’t been adopted out?
Mickey’s supporters took to Facebook where the “Save Mickey” page collected more than 65,000 likes. They also used social media to organize a YouTube video plea and a candlelight vigil.
Animal rights activists also started a petition to save Mickey from being euthanized on Change.org, which was signed by nearly 65,000 people — 10,000 fewer than the threshold for a petition to be taken under consideration by the White House.
9. The white-and-brown pit bull will live out his days in an animal shelter without the possibility of ever being put up for adoption.
10. The dog grabbed Kevin’s face and would not let go, causing severe injuries.
And here is the video report:
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