Mickey the pit bull to be moved from 1st Avenue Jail

A new court order is changing Mickey the pit bull's fate. He was sentenced to the MASH Unit at the 1st Avenue Jail after he mauled a 4-year-old boy, leaving his face badly disfigured.

Mickey was declared vicious, and a judge ordered him to live out his days in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Animal Shelter, without the possibility of parole.

However, a new court order is changing Mickey's fate. He is expected to be moved on Wednesday.

Taking care of Mickey had become a daily ritual for the Maricopa County inmates who take care of him.

"Mickey will just stay and sit, and wait for me to put his leash on," said an inmate.

Mickey is used to his morning walks to the rooftop dog run.

It's a routine that has been repeated for over a year now. It was May 2, 2014 when Mickey was taken into custody. The MASH unit at the 1st Avenue Jail was supposed to be his permanent dwelling after a life sentence was handed down by a judge due to the mauling.

"I said we will take care of Mickey. Mickey will not escape from the jail, this is the first time in history a judge has sentenced a dog to jail," said Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Arpaio even installed a donated webcam in Mickey's cell, and recently when he was diagnosed with skin cancer, a Facebook page started generating thousands of likes.

The dog's cancer is why his attorney John Schill says he went before a judge.

"In the discussions with the oncologist, we explained where he was, the type of living environment he was in, it was the recommendation for the vet that he be moved to a different facility," said Schill. "She understood and was very compassionate towards Mickey."

The new court order was handed down last week. According to Schill, the judge made sure both Mickey and the public would be safe.

"It's a room similar to this, he's going to be in a room like a cell here, he's going to have a bed, he's going to have a dog house, he's going to have human interaction," said Schill.

FOX 10 reached out to the boy's mother, but she was not available to speak.

The attorney who set up a website to raise money for Kevin Vicente says the child is awaiting his third reconstructive surgery.

Donations for Kevin Vicente can be made online at: https://maricopahealthfoundation.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=14
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