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Progress after a dog bite, victim's family upset over attention the dog has received

Posted: Updated: Jun 19, 2014 04:01 AM
PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A pit bull named Mickey mauled a young Phoenix boy's face in February. International support saved him from being put down, and now his attorney wants to install a 24-hour camera for those supporters to see him in his cell at all times.

But through all this we can never forget the little boy, Kevin, who was forever affected by the mauling. His recovery has come a long way, but he's still got a long way to go.

Flor Vicente says she gave up her job to care for her son full-time. She is astonished at the amount of support for the dog while her son continues to suffer.

Four-year-old Kevin Vicente hid his face under a blanket, ashamed of the scars marking the right side of his face, during the interview with FOX 10. He still cannot see out of his right eye.

"The thing I want most is for him to see," said Flor Vicente.

His scars are more than skin deep. He doesn't like to be seen in public or even talk now, after a dog mauled his face four months ago.

Kevin was being watched at a babysitter's house when the dog attacked. There are conflicting stories over what exactly happened. The pit bull's supporters say Mickey was chained in the backyard and that Kevin tried to take a bone causing the dog to attack.

Flor says the dog acted viciously and she wanted the dog to be put to sleep. But when news of the attack brought the dog international support, including donations to hire the dog a lawyer, a judge decided to keep Mickey alive.

"I feel bad that someone could support a dog more than a person. I'm never gonna believe or understand this," said Vicente.

Mickey was taken in by Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He plans to install a camera in Mickey's cell where supporters can watch him at any time.

John Schill, Mickey's lawyer, defended the animal in court.

"Everybody will be able to check in on the Mickster, see that he's happy, and he's well fed like the Sheriff said, he gets good food," said Schill.

But Flor and her son are scarred for life. She doesn't see this as a happy ending.

"If it was [Sheriff Arpaio's] son who this happened to, I don't think he would be doing all this, because he doesn't know the pain that you feel when this happens to your kid, he doesn't see that he has scars, that he cries, that he doesn't know what to do," she said.

Both Kevin and the dog received donations following the attack.

Kevin Vicente is getting help from the Maricopa County Health Foundation. If you'd like to help you can donate here: www.maricopahealthfoundation.org/

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