Donation fund set up for boy bit in face by dog



Video report by Jason Volentine

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 13 at 10:32 AM

PHOENIX -- A donation fund has been set up for the 4-year-old boy whose face was mauled by a pit bull in February.

The Maricopa Health Foundation established the fund for Kevin Vicente, who is recovering at a rehabilitation facility, in response to inquiries from people wanting to help.

Kevin suffered broken bones in his face and underwent several hours of surgery.

There have been several efforts to raise money for the boy's medical bills, including creating a website which has generated more than $2,300.

The pit bull, Micky, was chewing on a bone in his yard on Feb. 20 when Kevin tried to take it away.

The boy's mom said it happened outside his babysitter's house near Central Avenue and Broadway Road in Phoenix.

Micky remains at a Maricopa County Animal Care and Control facility until his fate is decided at a court hearing. The petitioner in the case has asked that the dog be euthanized.

Many members of the community have rallied behind Micky. The "Save Micky" Facebook page has received more than 37,000 likes.

The Phoenix Municipal Court hearing has been moved from March 13 to March 25.

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control spokeswoman Melissa Gable said Tuesday that she did not know why the hearing was postponed.

Click here to make a donation to Kevin's recovery.

Donations are eligible for Arizona tax credit.

Facebook page: For the Love of Kevin