Final hearing set for dog that mauled child

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A final hearing has been scheduled in Phoenix Municipal Court for the pit bull named Mickey.

A judge is expected to decide during an April 29 hearing where the dog will be sent. Until a final order is issued, officials say the dog will remain under the care of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.

Last month, Municipal Court Judge Deborah Griffin declared the dog vicious and ruled that it must be neutered, defanged and microchipped. She could have ordered euthanasia.

The Feb. 20 attack left 4-year-old Kevin Vicente with a broken eye socket and jaw. An adult who was at the scene asked that the dog be euthanized.

Thousands of animal lovers took to social media to support Mickey, placing blame with the dog's owners and child's baby sitter.

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