Pitbull is Receiving Online Support After Mauling a 4-year-old

by Alessia

Mickey, an Arizona Pitbull is receiving online support after mauling a 4-year-old boy in Phoenix on February 20, 2014. The boy was being watched by a family friend when the accident occurred, leaving Kevin Vicente with a broken eye socket, lower jaw bone, and cheek bone. The boy will likely require months, possibly years of reconstructive surgeries on his face due to the attack. Pitbulls are often given a bad rap due to the incidences of other maulings and aggressive behavior towards humans, but dog lovers and Pitbull supporters on Facebook have created a page to petition Mickey’s euthanizing.

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Though the page’s intention is not to choose dog over boy, it does seem that way to some. However, money has been raised through websites for both Kevin’s care and lawyer fees for Mickey to be defended as a canine. The lawyer responsible for defending Mickey through the Lexus Project 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. But for adults involved, this never would have happened. They’re trying to put all of the blame on Mickey.” The girlfriend of Kevin’s babysitter’s son says, “She [the babysitter] took amazing care of that little boy”, and claimed in the report about Mickey to the police that he killed her dog last year.

The accident occurred when Kevin supposedly picked up one of Mickey’s bones that is chained to the ground and the dog attacked by biting Kevin in the face. Doctors say that so far Kevin’s surgeries on his bones and muscles are going well, but there is still a lot to be done and a lot about his recovery up in the air. He is receiving more surgeries this week.

His parents or immediate family did not comment in the article, but I would be interested to see what they have to say about Mickey’s fate. There is a lot to consider in this case, things that we will never know – Was the babysitter keeping a close enough eye on Kevin? Was Mickey provoked in a way that would make him take defense? As a dog lover I would have to place a lot of blame on the humans in the scenario because it isn’t often that dogs just act out out of nowhere without provocation, but there are so many shades of grey. However, I don’t think that Mickey should immediately be put down, I think he deserves a second chance to be adopted by someone else, particularly adults that can train him properly. It’s possible that he may not have received proper training, or even love from the family that he was living with, but that’s another thing we’ll never know. I’m not making excuses for the dog, nor am I claiming that the dog’s fate is more important than Kevin’s, but like the Facebook group, I think that Mickey deserves another chance. Tough call, but what do you guys think?

Alessia xx

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