A four-year-old pit bull terrier named Mickey has been sentenced to jail for the rest of his life. Well, a no-kill animal shelter inside a former jail in Arizona, that is. The MASH Unit for dogs is run by Maricopa Count Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who now has full custody of Mickey.
According to AZ Central, Mickey was ordered to be "defanged, neutered and sent to an animal-rehabilitation facility for the rest of the animal's life," by Judge Deborah Griffith in Phoenix. Mickey mauled the face of Kevin Vicente, 4, six months after the dog killed a two-month-old puppy.
Previously, "Griffith declared that Mickey was vicious in a hearing in March and ordered him confined to a rehab facility for the rest of his life, giving the dog's attorneys 30 days to find a home where he could stay indefinitely," reports AZ Central.
The attorney representing the dog, John Schill, disclosed that Mickey will have a trust fund to pay for his care, as the taxpayers' money will not be used at the shelter.
Griffith ordered a six month check-up in court on Oct. 30.
A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.