MCSO donates gifts to boy mauled by Mickey the pit bull

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
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PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio played Santa on Friday to the 5-year-old boy who was mauled by Mickey the pit bull.

Kevin Vicente visited the sheriff's office with his mother and unwrapped gift after gift, all donated by the sheriff's youth assistance foundation.

"It's a sad situation but we try to make the best out of it," Arpaio said.

Kevin's mother was given a $2,500 check to help with her son's medical bills.

Kevin underwent several hours of surgery for broken bones in his face after the Feb. 20 attack. It happened outside his babysitter's house near Central Avenue and Broadway Road in south Phoenix. Mickey was chewing on a bone when the boy tried to take it away.

Kevin's mom said she is thankful for the gifts and Arpaio's time.

"This is a little different, what he's gone through, and it's good to be able to help the family," Arpaio said.

Mickey remains in Arpaio's custody at the MASH Unit, a jail that was converted into a no-kill shelter for abused and neglected animals in 1998.

"Let's hope everything turns out all right," Arpaio said. "Tough kid."