First off, we're taking about a pit bull. Not the Pitbull.
Mickey the pit bull mauled a young boy in Phoenix, Arizona. The dog attacked a 4-year-old boy his owner was babysitting.
The boy was left with a broken eye socket and jaw, and has months and months of reconstructive surgery ahead of him.
While many people were screaming for blood, many other compassionate people thought a life sentence was less cruel.
A judge ended up sentencing the dog to life in prison, and ordered him defanged and neutered. That's when Sheriff Joe Arpaio stepped in.
If the name sounds familiar you probably know him for his intense views on illegal immigration (he hates it) and his less than great treatment of inmates at his prisons. One of those prisons has a "no-kill" animal shelter inside, and that's where Mickey will be staying.
Happy at the judge's decision, Sheriff Arpaio tweeted:
He was so happy to have the pup he officially welcomed his newest inmate in a less than traditional way… with a kiss!
We feel awful for that boy that was mauled but not immediately killing the dog really speaks to how much our culture has grown.
We hope Mickey finds peace and rehabilitation in Joe's loving yet stern arms.
[Image via Twitter.]
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