Dog that mauled boy ordered into Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s custody

Apr 29, 2014, 11:21 AM | Updated: 9:39 pm
LISTEN: MCSO houses dog that mauled boy in former jail

PHOENIX — A county judged ordered a dog that mauled a Phoenix boy into the custody of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Tuesday.

The dog, Mickey, will be placed in Arpaio’s MASH unit, a no-kill shelter that is home to about 70 cats and dogs that are cared for by inmates. Arpaio will be required to offer a status update on the dog every six months.

“Once we get (the animals) in here, we take care of them — inmates take care of them — most of the food is by donation, most of the equipment is by donation,” said MCSO Lt. Brandon Jones.

The goal of the program is to rehabilitate the animals and eventually help find foster families for them.

Mickey however, will be the first dog into the MASH Unit that is under a life sentence and cannot be put up for adoption.

Jones said Mickey will be housed in a former inmate recreation area, which gives him more room than any other cells at MASH, and he will not have any physical contact with the other dogs at the facility.

Jones also said that using inmates to care for the animals has had a positive effect on both the inmates and animals.

“(Inmates) can show them love (and) they get love back,” Jones said.

The judge, however, is concerned about a possible run for governor by Arpaio, who is expected to address his candidacy in two weeks.

“As long as I’m the sheriff, nobody is touching my MASH unit,” Arpaio said. “The judge’s concern was what if I’m not the sheriff. I think it would continue if the new guy or gal is smart. I know I want the dog and let’s see what the future brings.”

The judge is concerned about a possible run for governor by Arpaio, who is expected to address his candidacy in two weeks.

Melissa Gable of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control said Mickey has not exhibited any other vicious behavior since the February attack.

“In general, you walk by, he doesn’t charge his kennel, he doesn’t bark excessively,” Gable said. “When several of us that he recognizes come by, his tail starts to wag; he gets very wiggly. He’ll sit for treats.”

Despite Mickey’s congenial disposition, Gable said she and the staff still remain on high alert whenever they interact with him.

“I still don’t know how comfortable I would be if I had to get into the kennel with him,” she said. “I think we still all approach him with some level of caution, just because of the circumstances.”

Last month, Municipal Court Judge Deborah Griffin declared the dog vicious and
ruled that it must be neutered, defanged and microchipped. She could have
ordered euthanasia.

The Feb. 20 attack left 4-year-old Kevin Vicente with a broken eye socket and
jaw. An adult who was at the scene asked that the dog be euthanized.

Thousands of animal lovers took to social media to support Mickey, placing
blame with the dog’s owners and child’s baby sitter.

Arpaio denied he wanted the dog for publicity reasons.

KTAR’s Martha Maurer, Jim Cross, Mark Remillard and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Arizona Department of Public Safety Photos)...

2 California men jailed after Arizona troopers find 130 pounds of meth in car

Two California men were jailed after state troopers seized 130 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in northern Arizona last week, authorities said.
14 hours ago
(Arizona State Parks and Trails Photo)...
Associated Press

Hiker dies after falling hundreds of feet in Superstition Mountains

A hiker camping on a peak in the Superstition Mountains east of metro Phoenix was found dead after apparently slipping while taking a photo and falling hundreds of feet, authorities said.
14 hours ago
(AP Photo/Susan Haigh, File)...
Danny Shapiro

Arizona passes $1 billion in total event wagering in third month of operation

It took Arizona just three months to clear $1 billion in total event wagering, according to a report released Tuesday from the state's gaming department.
14 hours ago
(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)...
Jim Cross

Arizona’s nation-leading home prices should slow down in 2023, economist says

Even though Arizona has topped the nation in home prices for 30 straight months, there are signs of relief, a Valley economist said.
14 hours ago
Empty shelves were found at a Kroger grocery store on March 13, 2020, in Grosse Ile, Michigan. Some...

Arizona’s COVID-19 pandemic began with single case 2 years ago Wednesday

Two years ago Wednesday, Arizona reported its first confirmed case of what is now known as COVID-19.
14 hours ago
A group of people from Haiti stand at a gap in the U.S.-Mexico border wall after having traveled fr...
Kevin Stone

Border Patrol union leader says morale ‘in the tank’ after trying year

Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, said agent morale is “in the tank” after a year in which the number of migrant encounters soared.
14 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Arizona State University

This is the best year to get your MBA

Getting a master’s degree is a major commitment of time, energy, and money, so returning to school — even if you’re thinking about a part-time program that allows you to keep working — is one of the biggest decisions of your career.
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 27: Wide receivers John Brown #12 and Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona C...
Arizona Department of Gaming

The most memorable games in Arizona sports history every fan needs to know

Sports teams in Arizona have seen their fair share of instant classic games, but there's a few that every fan needs to know.
Sanderson Ford

Sanderson Ford offers cars and deals for all this holiday season

Sanderson Ford’s No! Vember Black Friday sale is giving an opportunity to purchase a new 2021 vehicle just in time for the holiday season.
Dog that mauled boy ordered into Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s custody