60,000 People mobilize to save Pit Bull from euthanasia

Last month, the city of Phoenix, USA, was the theater of the highly controversial fight of animal defenders for the survival of a dog . The animal, a Pit Bull named Mickey, attacked and maimed the four-year-old Kevin on February 20.

According to Guadalupe Villa, who was on the scene during the attack, child was playing in the garden and had picked up a bone near the dog, which was attached to the end of a chain nearby. The Pit Bull threw himself on Kevin and severely disfigured him. According to the doctors, it would take months, even years of surgery to make his face.

An unprecedented mobilization

Following this attack, it was up to a municipal judge to decide the fate of the dog Mickey , which was likely to be euthanized. But it was not to mention an unprecedented mobilization to save the animal, because thousands of people gave voice on social networks to defend Mickey.

Supporters of the Pit Bull's side insisted that it was not a question of giving more value to the dog's life than to the child's. " It's not Mickey versus Kevin ," says lawyer John Schill, representing the dog in the petition filed in court to save him.

The petition in question , signed by more than 60,000 people, insists on the accidental nature of the attack. The latter would not have occurred if the child had been better monitored and had not taken the bone belonging to the dog. Mickey's advocates also emphasized that being tied, as often happens in such cases, causes the dog to be aggressive.

On March 25, Justice Deborah Griffin ruled that the responsibility for the attack was shared by the various adults present . Nevertheless, given Mickey's aggressiveness, he will never have to be adopted by a family. One of the associations defending the dog has been entrusted with the latter and has the obligation to find him, within thirty days, a rehabilitation center or shelter that will take care of him.

An awareness of human responsibility

What happened in Phoenix last month is not to remember too many similar cases , including in France. We remember for example that last September in Villers-Outréaux a nanny was prosecuted for " involuntary injuries ". Indeed, as was the case for Mickey and little Kevin, the two-year-old child she was caring for escaped her attention for a moment and approached Jack Russel strapped into the garden, which then bit him in the face .

The parents of the victim asked the babysitter for three months of imprisonment, but the latter was finally punished only by a fine of 500 euros. The judge felt that the maternal assistant already feels guilty enough about what happened and is consumed with remorse.

If there is no question of the dog, which according to the law must be examined by a behaviorist in charge of estimating whether it is dangerous or not, it is however encouraging to note the interest in the part of the nurse's responsibility in the attack. Because even in the presence of an animal that may seem harmless, it is imperative to always monitor the children.