Such was my reaction when I read this:
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.”
Yes, that poor, innocent dog, who mauled that mean old kid because the kid picked up something close to him. The callous disregard some people have for humans who get attacked by dogs is just appalling. I mean, between this and the Buddy incident here in San Antonio, it’s little wonder dog people have such a bad reputation in some quarters.
And “the campaign doesn’t mean they value the dog’s life above the child’s?” I’m sorry, but that’s bullshit, created solely for the purpose of helping those cretins sleep better at night. They are indeed putting the dog above the kid, and nothing they say is going to change the reality of that. No, putting the dog down isn’t going to magically heal Kevin Vicente, but it might well save some other kid from the same pain or injuries.
In the meantime, as commenter kahr40′ said on the Buddy incident, “This is a teachable moment. The family of the little (boy) needs to sue the dog’s owner into fucking oblivion or every cent they can get.”