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Phoenix dog Mickey to live his life without parole at Maricopa County shelter

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On Tuesday, the American bulldog, Mickey, who has been at the center of an emotional and controversial roller coaster dispute after he seriously mauled a four-year-old child, will be transferred to the custody of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's no kill shelter for the rest of Mickey's life reported azfamily.com.

Last month Municipal Court Judge Deborah Griffith declared the dog vicious, but despite a heated debate decided to spare Mickey's life. The Schill Law Group, and the Lexus Project, a non profit legal defense for dogs organization, defending Mickey, were given 30 days to find a suitable rehabilitation or shelter for the dog. To the rescue, came the 81-year-old animal lover Sheriff Arpaio's invitation to his shelter where Mickey will enjoy the remainder of his life.

Mickey's rescue, however comes with certain very strict caveats. Judge Griffith ordered the dog neutered, de-fanged and never to be made available for adoption.

The tragic situation began on February 20, when four-year-old Kevin Vicente wandered too close to Mickey as the chained dog chewed on his bone. As the child innocently tried to take the dog's bone out of his mouth, Mickey attacked.

The youngster spent over a month in the hospital and faces thousands of dollars worth of reconstructive surgery to repair the damage done to his face and eye.

The first recommendation was to euthanize Mickey, but animal advocates argued that the babysitter, who was in charge of Kevin's safety was negligent. Animal lovers also maintained Mickey's bad behavior was exacerbated because he was always chained.

The Facebook page, Save Mickey with more than 71,000 "likes" are grateful the dog will be well cared for in Sheriff Arpaio's facility.

The former owner and babysitter may face criminal charges in the future.

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