If You Have More Sympathy For Mickey The Pit Bull Than For The Child He Mauled You’re Sick

998043_627614497287792_1389194484_nA pit bull mauled a four-year-old boy last month as he and his friend were playing in the yard. The attack left Kevin Vicente with a broken eye socket, a broken jaw, and the possibility of years of reconstructive surgery ahead of him. One of the adults at the scene, Guadalupe Villa filed a vicious-dog petition that started the case to get the dog put down. The petition has also started a social media campaign to keep the Mickey the dog alive. I think it’s absurd that any money is being spent to save this dog’s life when the child he mauled has a housekeeper mother whose lost her job and home trying to care for him.

Villa alleges that the dog has a history of acting violent without provocation. She also alleges that Mickey killed one of her dogs. Animal advocates claim that it was the babysitter’s negligence not the fault of the dog that the attack happened in the first place. The child allegedly wandered into a neighbor’s yard and tried to take a bone from the dog.  After the boy was attacked, the owner of the dog turned the dog over to Animal Care and Control and told them they no longer wanted the dog.

Enter a bunch of animal lovers, who are more disturbed that a dog is being put down than that a 4-year-old lost his eye and nearly bled to death. They blame the babysitter who didn’t have a close enough eye on the kid and allowed him to wander. I think they are definitely right about that part, I also think it takes seconds for a child to wander away. I’m confused as to why a home with a dog that has an alleged history of violence wouldn’t have him properly secured? The dog definitely wasn’t cared for or trained properly here either, because mauling is not a usual reaction to someone reaching for a bone.

While I understand that, I think taking an incident where a child was almost mauled to death and making it about standing up for the reputation of pit bulls is ridiculous and obscene. Clearly the dog has been failed and the babysitter was negligent, but a social media campaign and thousands of dollars spent to save a pit pull with a propensity for violence? There is a four-year-old who is going to be scarred for life with a housekeeper mother who can no longer work because she needs to care for him:

“He screams and cries,” she said. “He says, ‘Leave, I don’t want to see you.’ … Sometimes, I don’t know what to do.”

When she does leave him to eat or use the restroom, Kevin begs her to stay, afraid she will leave him at the hospital.

After quitting her job to take care of Kevin, Flor lost her home. Her belongings are temporarily at a friend’s.

“What do I do for him? Who can I hold on to? I wish that it had happened to me instead of him,” she said. “He sees me and says, ‘Don’t cry, mommy, I love you.’ But I know I can’t do anything. I can’t help him.”

We have a woman who lost her job and home because she is caring for her child and a bunch of people rallying around the dog that mauled him:

A New York-based non-profit is raising money to pay for the dog’s legal expenses, while a local attorney is donating his time to represent Mickey. Tens of thousands of people are rallying via social media to save the dog’s life.

Give me a fucking break. Anyone who has more sympathy for a dog than for a woman who has lost her home and her job to care for the child that was mauled by that dog is… actually, for once I have no words. I’ll just say that any money being spent to save the life of a pit bull would be better served in her pocket.

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  • gothicgaelicgirl

    I hate to say it but I see both sides.
    The child SHOULD have been watched properly.
    HOWEVER (BEFORE you go jumping down my throat)
    ANY kind of dog, vicious, or not, should ALWAYS be secured properly.

    We have harmless spaniels and we STILL secure them, just in case.
    I do think it was mostly the dog owner’s fault. If you know there are small children around and your dog has had a history of acting aggressive, the blame lies with you.
    If you did NOT bother to secure your dog, that’s your fault.

  • Kayla

    My uncle used to own a pit bull, which by nature is a pretty tough dog, and it was friendlier than the little 12 pound shih tzu that I have now. You could literally put your hand in its mouth and it wouldn’t bite you; it liked when you took its bone away because it meant that you were playing and would probably throw it. Friendliest dog I ever met, but that’s only because my uncle raised it right. On the other hand my uncle (different uncle) was walking home from the store one day when a loose pit bull attacked him. Countless stitches, surgeries and years of healing were required for my uncle to be back to normal. The attack was awful.

    That said, I am a huge animal lover, and can’t see a point in my life where I wouldn’t ever want a dog by my side, but sometimes animals just aren’t trained properly. Despite what people may think, an animal’s tendency to attack isn’t instinctual, it has been nurtured to respond that way.As a responsible owner, you have the obligation to teach the dog what is right and what is wrong, and how to behave in certain situations. Fact of the matter is, some people fail to do this, and some may actually teach the dog to do the opposite: to be combative. It is sad that the dog wasn’t given the proper training that it needed (obviously) but to believe that that somehow takes precedent over the little boy’s life is absolutely disgusting. Sure we can blame the babysitter, maybe she wasn’t paying attention. Sure, we can blame the dog, because its aggressive behavior might have been apparent for a while. Sure, we can blame neighbors, who knew the dog was dangerous but did nothing about it. But what you cannot do (and many people have tried) is blame a four year old child for his attack.

    For those who say that he was old enough to know that he shouldn’t go where he doesn’t belong, shame on you. Most four year olds are completely oblivious as to what’s going on around them because they haven’t experienced life long enough to know any better. But, bravo to you few out there who must have been precocious little toddlers to know that you shouldn’t venture out to another yard because a vicious dog might attack you. Really, congratulations.

  • Joye77

    I am freaked out and afraid of dogs so there is absolutely no sympathy here for the dumb dog. I agree 100% with this article, I feel sad for my fellow humans when they feel such sympathy for a dangerous dog and overlook a child that was mauled and almost killed by an animal. If I was able, I would donate to the boy’s fund and I hope more people will. Who cares about the dog? It’s a dangerous dog that doesn’t deserve sympathy.

  • Ouch

    I was attacked by a dog (a family dog that we had owned for 4 years, since puppyhood) at 21 years old. He was a German Shepherd and had shown aggression before but my parents always ignored it. He was laying down one evening and I was petting his ears (his favorite thing ever) and he was loving it. I got up to get my cell phone, came back and started petting him again and he just snapped. I had over 60 puncture wounds along my right side- my arm, shoulder, back, side, and hand and had to have stitches in my palm because he tore it completely open. He also crushed the tiny bones in my right hand and tore ligaments and to this day, 4 years later, it doesn’t fully function. My dad put him down. Though I can’t say for sure, I would guess that anyone sticking up for this dog has never been attacked by one. I do not feel bad for the dog at all. Weighing 110 lbs and being attacked by a dog that weighs 100 lbs, has the second strongest bite force in the dog world, is a nightmare. 45 seconds seems like an hour and the pain is absolutely indescribable. For a little boy to have to have gone through that is horrible, and so is the fact that people are sticking up for the dog instead of the kid. If he has attacked before, he will do it again. End of story.

  • Guest2014

    Lamest article ever. An unsupervised kid took a bone from a dog and it’s “sick” to care about the dog? The articles on this website are usually awful, but this one is the worst yet. I’m done with this site.

  • archer

    For those commenting on breed type, take a moment to think about the people type. There is a type of person who chooses a pit bull based on the image/ stereotype. The reason many of these dogs then attack is because of training or neglectful environment, not because the breed is necessarily more aggresive than others.

  • tk88

    This is a truly sad case. However, I hate how EVERYONE (including this author) sensationalizes the fact this dog was a Pit Bull. If he were any other breed of dog he would probably be referred to as a “dog” rather than his breed. This dog attacked not because he was a Pit Bull, but because he was living on a chain, and there is evidence he has been abused–both things that increase aggression in dogs. Not only that, but it’s not like he wasn’t “properly contained”–he was chained in his own yard. He didn’t maliciously attack this child on his own accord. The boy walked in, stole his bone and he reacted. That being said, and with his supposed dangerous history of attacking other animals, he should be put down. In fact I find the ruling now of removing some of his teeth and putting him in some sort of facility for the rest of his life to be more inhumane than putting him down. I feel the real fault here lies with the child’s babysitter who wasn’t watching him, and even the dog’s owner who treated the dog in a way that exacerbated dangerous behaviors. What people need to take away from this is not “Pit Bulls are vicious and all need to be killed!!” it’s that young children need to be taught respect and caution around dogs they do not know, and always be supervised around animals.

  • Mikster

    Any dog who attacks a person should be humanely euthanized.

  • Madwoman

    I don’t care what kind of dog it is. I care more that dog nuts are more concerned with it than the person it hurt. Donating to a legal fund for the dog? A lawyer for the dog? Really? I am a dog owner, but I wouldn’t hesitate to put one of mine down if they were that unreliable and attacked someone, even if the kid was in my yard. And I hope I would try and do something to help the child and the mother. So many of the responses here seem to be focusing on defending the breed from it’s admittedly bad reputation than truly looking at the issue being discussed.

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  • Snowy Owl

    The OWNER should be put down, not the dog. It is NOT the dog’s fault in any way. If a CHILD had nearly killed another child, the parents would be blamed. It’s the same for dogs. It’s not the poor creature’s fault that he landed an owner that got him killed. The owner should be put in prison and the dog should be trained by an experienced trainer. What a sick and stupid headline. Of COURSE I feel extreme amounts of sympathy toward the poor child, but that doesn’t mean I can’t also sympathise with a living being that’s being murdered because its owner was an idiot.

  • Mademoiselle B.

    It’s ridiculous to claim that if someone cares about the dog’s fate, then it not only means they care about the dog MORE than they care about the child but that they ONLY care about the dog and don’t care about the child. Seriously? STFU already, it’s perfectly possible to care about both the child and the dog. Really, you should give it a try – idiots.

  • Katelyn Matava

    What a dumb*ss kid! You don’t go into a dog’s yard and take something from it! His stupid mother should have taught him that!

  • Foxmantom

    Both the kid and the dog are victims in this case and sadly in many, many other cases. Some dogs are biters. They either bite out of fear or when feel threaten. Some dogs are very territorial. Putting the dog down will not make the kid’s injuries to go away. It is a superficial way to psychologically make bloodthirsty, vengeful people feel better.

    For those who disagree with me, ask yourself this: will putting the dog to sleep prevent similar future occurrences if this same kid were left unattended and wandered into the neighbor’s yard attempting to play with another territorial dog? The real issue here is that the boy should not have wandered around from poor or lack of supervision. Also, the dog parents should not have left the dog outside in the yard unattended knowing its history. This was a very sad and tragic case. Dogs are dogs. They can be trained but some are unpredictable depend on the history of their upbringing. I’ve seen kids who are very abusive towards helpless animals. It is ridiculous to ask the animal to stay still to take torture without defending itself. It is like asking cat to let you pick it up using their ears or legs. Of course, they will try to scratch and bite you. People with a normal brain functioning know that animals have certain basic instincts. If you cannot control your animals or kids, then stop having them. If you cannot take care yourself, don’t make others to suffer along with you.

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