On Thursday, the exceptionally strict, although well respected Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, freed the Phoenix area dog named Mickey from the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control and led the leashed dog down the street to the First Avenue Jail no-kill animal shelter reported wect.com.
"That dog is going to do a life sentence in the jail, but a nice life sentence with good food, air conditioning and his own room. I mean what else, but being loved by the inmates and detention officers," stated Sheriff Arpaio.
The highly controversial decision made by Judge Deborah Griffith provided that Mickey be spared from euthanasia, but would have to be isolated from the public and other dogs forever as well as being neutered, de-fanged, and micro-chipped.
In February, the four-year-old dog mauled four-year-old Kevin Vicente when the child wandered over to backyard where the dog was chained, and the child attempted to take a bone out of the dog's mouth.
Judge Griffith will expect a yearly report on Mickey. Also, there will be no taxpayer money used to train inmates how to handle "vicious" dogs, but Sheriff Arpaio assured the judge $200,000 in private donations is available for the training of the dogs.
Ironically, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been named "America's Toughest Sheriff" and has been reelected since 1992 for six more four year terms.
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