A very tragic story which has divided friends and neighbors in a Maricopa County community continues to draw national attention. Late last week, an unsupervised four-year-old child was severely injured on his face when the child attempted to take a dog's bone away while the dog was chewing on it according to azfamily.com.
The dog named Mickey was chained in his yard at Central Ave. and Broadway Road where the curious, little boy wandered as Mickey quietly chewed on his bone. Mickey belonged to the child's babysitter.
The dog reacted by jumping on the child trying to get his bone back which resulted in serious injuries to the little boy's face.
The child was rushed to the Maricopa Medical Center where he was in shock and had lost a significant amount of blood. He suffered from severe injuries to his face, an open fracture to his jaw, and a fractured cheek. Plastic surgeons operated for hours to repair the child's face.
Mickey was then surrendered by the owners to the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control where Animal Control Officer Melissa Gable stated:
"He seems really mellow. It was just the circumstances of what happened."
Mickey has been quarantined for ten days, and Animal Control had initially planned to euthanize the dog; that is until the brown and white pit bull mix's story hit social media, and more than 27,000 "likes" for a Facebook page called Save Mickey evoked support for a dog who animal lovers state should be given another chance.
The Lexus Project was asked to intervene on Mickey's behalf, and The Schill Law Group has now taken the case; winning a temporary restraining order barring Maricopa County Animal Care and Control from euthanizing Mickey until his case is presented before a judge scheduled for March 3.
A Change.org petition has already garnered over 22,000 signatures asking that the dog's life be spared.
It is with sincere concern and compassion for the welfare of the child that posters and visitors alike continue to pray for the little boy's speedy recovery. The following was posted by Save Mickey:
To all of Mickeys supporter and other visitors.
There is no one who doesn't feel horrible about the little boy. It is truly a tragedy that whomever was responsible for him this particular day did not do what they should have been doing to protect him. And I know I speak for many when I say, we pray that this child has a fast recovery and heals quickly.
With that said, there is no reason why this dog who was doing his thing in his yard, minding his own business should be killed because of the humans error.
You don't have to agree. You don't have to like it -it is what it is."
It is hoped that Mickey will be adopted by a qualified rescue where he will be properly cared for and safe.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Managing Interactions Between Dogs and Kids state the following:
" Many dogs don’t like to share their toys or food, and they may become aggressive if a child comes too close while they’re chewing on a bone, playing with a toy or eating a meal. It’s hard for young children to understand that it’s not a good idea to approach or reach toward a dog when he has something he values."
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