Help Save Mickey – His Life Depends on Us

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A neglected Phoenix dog called Mickey is waiting for the decision to be made on whether or not he will get the death sentence after a tragic accident wherein he bit a little boy’s face after the child went on his property and took a bone out of his mouth.  A group of supporters is asking for signatures and donations to help save his life.

Mickey was chewing on a bone on his own property when a four-year-old boy wandered away from his babysitter and over to the dog.  He attempted to pull the bone from Mickey’s mouth, and the dog bit him badly.

“The baby sitter who was caring for the child then picked the child up and brought him to an urgent care center,” said Dr. Jeffrey Salomone, the Maricopa County Medical Center’s trauma medical director.  “When he arrived he was in shock, had severe injuries to his face; a lot of skin and fat underneath the skin pulled back on half of his face.”

The boy also suffered from facial fractures, and plastic surgeons worked to repair the damage.

Mickey was surrendered by his owners, who have no desire to fight for his life, and placed on a 10-day quarantine while the city decides his fate.  What happened to the little boy was a terribly unfortunate accident, but this does not make him a vicious killer.
“I see this dog all the time while visiting my dog for biting someone,” said someone at Maricopa Animal Care and Control.  “Mickey seriously has been neglected. He’s so skinny you can see his bones sticking out. While all the other dogs are barking and going crazy he just sits there quiet and shaking.”

He needs to be trained to not be food aggressive, but considering whatever kind of neglect and possible abuse this dog endured, his reaction to having what may have been the only food he had been given in some time taken from him is understandable – he was scared because he didn’t know when his next meal was coming.

Mickey’s Facebook page has garnered close to 24,000 fans.  Supporters of him say their hearts go out to the boy, and many do not wish to see the blame placed on either party.  Mickey should not have to pay with his life for something that happened because he was mistreated.

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The page has given updates on the case, but the outlook is grim:

“Over 40 people contacted the Lexus project BEGGING for their help. Currently and there are 8 donators and almost 1,000 supporters… All the attorneys are pro bono but there are still large court fees associated with any case. Every time papers get filed, it costs several hundred dollars. Right now, we don’t even have enough money for the TRO we desperately need to file to save his life. We appreciate the likes and sharing, but we need funds to do what needs to be done. There are almost 1,000 likes in an hour.  If everyone donated $10.00, we would probably have enough for this case and to help another TLP case as well.  We can’t do anything without the funds in place. Please make a donation to help us help Mickey.”

Updates from February 25th:

“I have been asked for an update, and the only information we have is not good. Today Maricopa County Animal Control officially stated they will not make Mickey available for adoption, or New Hope.  This means Mickey is scheduled to be executed at 5 am on March 3, 2014, after his 10 day hold is up.

“We want everyone to know and understand that our Local Counsel is working right now on pleadings to be filed with the Maricopa County Superior Court in order to try and stop Mickey’s Execution. We hope to have these pleadings filed by tomorrow.  Do not give up hope! We are doing everything we can to Save Mickey!  Please continue to spread the word about Mickey! We need as much public support as possible!”

With Mickey not being eligible to be ‘New Hoped,’ the group is worried that this is a definite death sentence.  But animal control said one of the options they are considering is selecting a rescue group or family to adopt Mickey, so long as a liability form is signed stating that they are aware of Mickey’s history and understand the risks involved.

“You look at him, and he sits in his kennel and he doesn’t look angry or aggressive at all.  He seems really, really mellow. It was just the circumstances of what happened,” said Melissa Gable with MCACC.  “It’s a really tough decision and it’s not something we want to make overnight, so we’re taking time to figure it out.”

The lawsuit and temporary restraining order for a stay of execution were filed this morning, and now supporters wait to hear the judge’s decision.

“We’re hoping the court will rule that he shouldn’t be euthanized, and from that point arranging for the dog to go to a group,” said The Lexus Project’s Richard Rosenthal.

If you would like to sign the petition to support Mickey, please click here.

If you would like to contribute to his personal defense fund, please click here.

If you would like to donate to The Lexus Project, please click here.

 

 

 

 

0 thoughts on “Help Save Mickey – His Life Depends on Us”

  1. Not a very good babysitter. How the hell do you let a 4 year old out of your sight? Let alone long enough for the child to go to another property and try to take a bone from a dog. The babysitter needs a beating. Now this poor dog may die because she sucked at her job. I have babysat the most rambunctious children and they never left my sight. I raised a precocious child and she never got away from me. It can be done. You just have to pay attention.

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  2. The news once again says viciously attacked by a pitbull. Halfway in they only say a few sentences, the dog was chewing a bone when the child tried to take it away from the dog. Then the dog ‘attacked’ the child. At least this news article stated WHY the dog bit someone. They did forget to add that the dog was starved and the bone was probably his only food.

    Sad how the media wants to portray the dog. The dog was defending it’s food. My lab was the same when he was younger, he was really food aggressive. But later on he knew that there’s always food and no need to fight for it.

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    • So, what is your point? An attack on a kid is an attack on a kid, period…end of story. Since I can tell you a pit bull nut I will not go into this ‘it’s the owners’ thing. If one of my dogs did anything like that I’d kill it myself (and I love dogs as much as you do – so let’s not do the ‘holier than thou’ thing). The owners of the dog broke the pact everyone has to make with their pet, which is “I promise to do everything I can to keep you safe from your doggie self”. They didn’t care, dog mauled a kid, euthanize the dog…period, end of argument. If you still want to argue for the dog, put yourself in the parents of that kids position…..you there? ….now what do you think?

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      • You are right NO ONE CARED about MICKEY or the child obviously!!!!!!!!!!!! Because people don’t want to hear the truth, that they didn’t watch that little boy so he got hurt. You don’t love your dogs. You own them and they are your property. You do not know what unconditional love is. A HUMAN LIFE IS NO GREATER THAN AN ANIMALS LIFE. An animal loves unconditionally. If a stranger goes in my pasture he/she may get their brains kicked out by my HORSE, he is very protective of me. Will someone try to come and put my horse to sleep???? I think NOT!! Because there would BE A MASSACRE!!!! That is unconditional love. NO ONE would touch/hurt/kill any of my animals without paying with their OWN LIFE. I keep them safe. I have 5 Horses-4 males (3 fixed & 1 stud) & 1 female, 4 Dogs (2 inside & 2 (1- is half pit) outside all fixed), Cats (4 inside all fixed & a colony of 15 outside cats- 8 fixed so far) and 25 chickens, 2 strays that I feed -a yellow lab some one dropped out, that goes from house to house for atttention, a huge gentle Bulldog/Mastiff Mix that lives down the road that comes up to eat at 3 p.m. everyday, not to mention 2 raccoons that hang with the outside cats. An occassional oppossum or skunk traveling through they eat the cat food also, the 2 horse’s down the road that get out and come straight here, the people never feed they are very underwieght. They also have one dog chained to something down there but it’s not aggressive just malnourished, neglected , and underweight you can see it’s ribs, same place the Bulldog/Mastiff mix, 2 horses that get out come from. It can’t even come here for a handout like the others. I think that about covers everyone. We don’t get any donations to help with the animals but they are all well taken care of. THEY ARE OUR FAMILY!!!! Yes it takes every thing we have to feed them all but they eat whether we eat or not. My 1 Horse is food aggressive, he could stand to lose a few pounds. Let a stranger try to take his food away. Biting, raring up, pawing you got a 1,000 pound animal doing that, yes hurt is around the corner. They will live out their life with me. Not because someone took their life either, only if it’s their time to go and to make it more peaceful and comfortable for them.

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        • Oh so no one can touch your horse without being a MASACRE? But a FOUR year old boy gets his face torn off and save the dog that did it? You want to have the same rights for animals as you do humans, but if a human did this they would be put in jail for life or “euthanized”. Double standards! The dog should die for hurting the boy. I bet you don’t have any human friends.

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    • But Paper, the rules of our society make this clear in a human/dog incident (particularly a kid) the dog is wrong and gets euthanized…period, end of story…it’s the law
      . Everyone knows that it is not the dogs fault. The unwritten rule every dog owner makes with their pet is that they promise to keep the dog safe from his doggie self. Agree? I take full responsibility for my dogs and do everything in my power to keep them safe from their doggy selves.

      These owners didn’t care…..dog got in a vulnerable/bad position….kid got mauled…..euthanize the dog. Put yourself in the position of the mother of that kid….ok……now what do you think …just let the dog go? There’s a lot of blame to go around but, in our society, if a dog commits a violent act, no matter who’s at fault, police impound dog, the dog gets euthanized, period, end of story.

      I am sure that the owners of the dog will pay a heavy price in civil court as will the babysitter….again, that’s how our society works). You said you and your parents would pay for the damages? You’re kidding me, right? How much is a kids face worth? Scars and psychological damage are not easy to pay for. The civil suit the kids parents will file and win against the dog owners and the babysitter will be astronomical.

      Part of my pact with Connie and Tess (my dogs) is that I do everything I can to protect them from themselves….this includes supervision around kids, nobody messes with them when they’re eating, etc…etc… If my dogs ever do something serious to a human being it is my full responsibility . The fear of my dogs doing something as vicious and damaging as this one did keeps me on my toes constantly because I know the consequences means their death.

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  3. The babysitter is at fault here!!!
    What was she doing?? She should be charged and be put in jail for neglect!!
    Everyone knows not to leave a child alone, especially at that age!!
    Did the police investigate the girl as to why she was not watching the child??
    That would be my first concern!!
    The dog is in no way at fault!!
    Please save him, the dog!!!
    Too bad animals cannot talk!!!

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    • Barb, the rules of our society make this clear in a human/dog incident (particularly a kid) the dog is wrong and gets euthanized…period, end of story…it’s the law
      . Everyone knows that it is not the dogs fault. The unwritten rule every dog owner makes with their pet is that they promise to keep the dog safe from his doggie self. Agree? I take full responsibility for my dogs and do everything in my power to keep them safe from their doggy selves.

      These owners didn’t care…..dog got in a vulnerable/bad position….kid got mauled…..euthanize the dog. Put yourself in the position of the mother of that kid….ok……now what do you think …just let the dog go? There’s a lot of blame to go around but, in our society, if a dog commits a violent act, no matter who’s at fault, police impound dog, the dog gets euthanized, period, end of story.

      I am sure that the owners of the dog will pay a heavy price in civil court as will the babysitter….again, that’s how our society works). You said you and your parents would pay for the damages? You’re kidding me, right? How much is a kids face worth? Scars and psychological damage are not easy to pay for. The civil suit the kids parents will file and win against the dog owners and the babysitter will be astronomical.

      Part of my pact with Connie and Tess (my dogs) is that I do everything I can to protect them from themselves….this includes supervision around kids, nobody messes with them when they’re eating, etc…etc… If my dogs ever do something serious to a human being it is my full responsibility . The fear of my dogs doing something as vicious and damaging as this one did keeps me on my toes constantly because I know the consequences means their death.

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      • If that had been my child I would have likely fired the sitter and sued them for medical bills, and then I would have done everything in my power to make sure that dog got to safe home where he would be fed and loved and cared for.
        This is a sad situation but he doesn’t deserve to die.

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  4. I’m so Happy this dog will be put down come March 3rd . Why would anybody in their right minds want to take the chance on this happening again? This baby boy is suffering so bad.

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    • Sorry Velvet but I really can’t agree with you. Do you really think that a 4 year old wandering aimlessly around the neighborhood without any supervision is a good thing? Whoever the caregiver is here, is at fault. Animals and children SHOULD NEVER be left unsupervised, end of story. A responsible pet owner and parent would know that. Whether its a child and a cat, or a child and a dog, child and a hamster…children are NOT TO BE ALONE with animals. It’s unfortunate that the child is suffering, but the dog is not at fault here. He’s doing what comes naturally. You’re obviously not a pet owner.

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      • Anon, Velvet is 100% right…maybe a little too direct, but correct none the less. The rules of our society make this clear in a human/dog incident (particularly a kid) the dog is wrong and gets euthanized…period, end of story…it’s the law
        . Everyone knows that it is not the dogs fault. The unwritten rule every dog owner makes with their pet is that they promise to keep the dog safe from his doggie self. Agree? I take full responsibility for my dogs and do everything in my power to keep them safe from their doggy selves.

        These owners didn’t care…..dog got in a vulnerable/bad position….kid got mauled…..euthanize the dog. Put yourself in the position of the mother of that kid….ok……now what do you think …just let the dog go? There’s a lot of blame to go around but, in our society, if a dog commits a violent act, no matter who’s at fault, police impound dog, the dog gets euthanized, period, end of story.

        I am sure that the owners of the dog will pay a heavy price in civil court as will the babysitter….again, that’s how our society works). You said you and your parents would pay for the damages? You’re kidding me, right? How much is a kids face worth? Scars and psychological damage are not easy to pay for. The civil suit the kids parents will file and win against the dog owners and the babysitter will be astronomical.

        Part of my pact with Connie and Tess (my dogs) is that I do everything I can to protect them from themselves….this includes supervision around kids, nobody messes with them when they’re eating, etc…etc… If my dogs ever do something serious to a human being it is my full responsibility . The fear of my dogs doing something as vicious and damaging as this one did keeps me on my toes constantly because I know the consequences means their death.

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        • You’re tripping man! So you think it’s right for a human being to beat, starve, and do all sorts of cruel things to a dog and that makes it alright? I think not! See how you you feel when the law wants to put you to death, then come back and speak with sense to me and everyone on here.

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      • You keep saying the value of human life YET when another human kills a human are they immediately euthanized? NOPE….most get rehabilitation.

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        • once an idiot always an idiot…no rationalization here…dog vs. human, LAW says dog dies. can you read? I can tell why you use Anon for your name out here…don’t want anyone to know who you are and how ignorant you are.

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    • Ha, Ha, Ha, Mickey lives! I feel bad for the kid, but that baby sitter should have put more attention to the kid instead of goofing off. Bad choice of a babysitter and bad choice of parents.

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      • yeah, Mickey lives, but he’s essentially going to be jailed for the rest of his life. so, you supporters “won”, but in the end, the dog still loses. that is sad for the dog.

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  5. Edge, you miss the rational point. Calm down, take some of your emotions out of this. and read my comment. Did you see the picture of this kid? His face is almost torn off. Anyway, the rules of our society make this clear in a human/dog incident (particularly a kid) the dog is wrong and gets euthanized…period, end of story…it’s the law
    . Everyone knows that it is not the dogs fault. The unwritten rule every dog owner makes with their pet is that they promise to keep the dog safe from his doggie self. Agree? I take full responsibility for my dogs and do everything in my power to keep them safe from their doggy selves.

    You probably owe velvet an apology.

    These owners didn’t care…..dog got in a vulnerable/bad position….kid got mauled…..euthanize the dog. Put yourself in the position of the mother of that kid….ok……now what do you think …just let the dog go? There’s a lot of blame to go around but, in our society, if a dog commits a violent act, no matter who’s at fault, police impound dog, the dog gets euthanized, period, end of story.

    I am sure that the owners of the dog will pay a heavy price in civil court as will the babysitter….again, that’s how our society works). You said you and your parents would pay for the damages? You’re kidding me, right? How much is a kids face worth? Scars and psychological damage are not easy to pay for. The civil suit the kids parents will file and win against the dog owners and the babysitter will be astronomical.

    Part of my pact with Connie and Tess (my dogs) is that I do everything I can to protect them from themselves….this includes supervision around kids, nobody messes with them when they’re eating, etc…etc… If my dogs ever do something serious to a human being it is my full responsibility . The fear of my dogs doing something as vicious and damaging as this one did keeps me on my toes constantly because I know the consequences means their death.

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  6. don’t see how you can look at that picture and say ‘not bad’…..how would you feel if that was your kid…or you. The kid is not going to heal fast…..if ever. Those are major lacerations on his face and right eye. The decision to euthanize the dog, if it happens, is because it’s the law, not anything to do with who’s right and who’s wrong. Like I said, owners fault, dog pays with his life….too bad for dog but the law

    I’m pretty sure I know what I’m talking about with the kid. At 6 I cut my face and plastic surgery was almost 300 stitches to repair the gash and look as good as it could. One year later cut same gash open again and a couple others and it took almost 550 stitches to repair and tons of tubes of cocoa butter rubbed on the scars to help them fade over time. Very traumatic both from a physical standpoint and, almost worse, from a psychological standpoit. This kid is going to have a tuff time getting over this…maybe he’s young enough to get past it, maybe not.

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    • ^ how can it be “our kid” since it wouldn’t happen since we aren’t as neglectful as the people who surrendered Mickey? You know that the owners are at fault for also keeping Mickey chained all day every day. What kind of life would that be?

      Also, I been to hospital because of a dog. A could care less about putting that dog to sleep; I blamed myself for putting my hand through the gate. It wasn’t severe but it did scare me. I would pass my school for two years until the incident; the dog will be barking at all school children; always outside at the side of the house, tied there with just two bowls with food and water.

      Whenever there’s an incident like this… The human responsible is always to blame! The owners for dog negligence and the baby sitter for putting Kevin in danger!! They obviously said the dog was vicious, so why did they still have him anyways? Especially since they have a little kid; anything can happen.

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