Dog That Mauled 4-Year-Old Gets Online Support

Dog That Mauled 4-Year-Old Gets Online Support
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A dog that mauled a 4-year-old Phoenix boy has received thousands of pleas for mercy through a Facebook campaign ahead of a court hearing to decide his fate.

A municipal court judge could rule at a March 25 hearing on whether Mickey, a pit bull that bit Kevin Vicente in the face, should be euthanized. Kevin received injuries that will require, according to doctors, months and possibly years of reconstructive surgeries.

Since the Feb. 20 attack, Mickey has become the object of a Facebook page that has gotten more than 40,000 likes and an online petition to spare his life.

Supporters say the campaign doesn’t mean they value the dog’s life above the child’s.

“This is not Kevin versus Mickey,” said attorney John Schill, who is representing the dog in the court petition. “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.”

Pit bulls are viewed by some as a dangerous breed, a reputation their fans dispute.

Guadalupe Villa, who was at the scene of the attack, filed the vicious-animal petition to have the dog put down.

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Copter Plucks Stranded Dog From California Cliff
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A rescue worker dangling from a helicopter plucked a stranded dog from a Northern California seaside cliff.

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department reported Sunday that a black Labrador named Oreo somehow made its way half-way down a 90-foot cliff along the county’s Pacific coast and couldn’t get back up. With the surf pounding below, a descent was not an option. So the department’s helicopter dubbed “Henry-1” was called in.

The dog was perched on a 2-foot square ledge when the helicopter crew arrived shortly before 2 p.m. PST Saturday at Portuguese Beach, about 70 miles north of San Francisco and about 20 miles west of Santa Rosa.

After the scared dog refused entreaties to climb back up, the decision was made to dangle a sheriff’s deputy about 100-feet below the helicopter. After determining the dog wasn’t spooked by the noise of the helicopter, the dangling deputy was able to attach a rope to the dog’s harness and pull it to safety after about three minutes in the air.

A large crowd of beachgoers who gathered to watch the rescue on the unseasonably warm and sunny Saturday afternoon broke into applause.

Oreo was reunited with his owner.

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