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Group holds vigil to save Mickey, pit-bull dog who mauled child

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Close to a dozen supporters lit candles at a vigil for Mickey. Close to a dozen supporters lit candles at a vigil for Mickey.
Kevin was mauled by Mickey earlier this month. Kevin was mauled by Mickey earlier this month.
John Schill says despite Kevin's injuries Mickey is not a vicious dog. John Schill says despite Kevin's injuries Mickey is not a vicious dog.
Mickey's fate will be determined at a hearing on March 25th. Mickey's fate will be determined at a hearing on March 25th.
Rosenberg places blame for the mauling on the adults, not Mickey. Rosenberg places blame for the mauling on the adults, not Mickey.
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PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

It's grown into an international campaign, thousands of people rallying around a Phoenix dog named Mickey.

Mickey's supporters are trying to save him from being euthanized after the dog mauled a little boy leaving him with severe facial injuries.

On Saturday night, close to two dozen people held a vigil for Mickey the dog. Mickey even had two lawyers at the vigil saying they will fight to save him in court this week.

Despite the protesters, the family of the little boy injured say the dog is dangerous and needs to be put down.

Supporters of a Mickey lit candles and held signs for the dog, and the boy.

Participants in the vigil say that both Mickey and Kevin are victims.

"The law in the City of Phoenix is that Mickey should be accountable if he was vicious, I don't think Mickey was vicious," said Attorney John Schill.

But on the other side; those who say Kevin Vicente's injuries tell a different story.

The babysitter who was watching the boy at the time says she wants the dog euthanized.

"Mickey wasn't just biting he was shaking his head trying to hurt," said Guadalupe Villa.

This coming week, on March 25th, a judge will decide the pit bull's fate, looking at what happened in the moments leading up to the attack.

The babysitter said that the boy took a bone that was near the dog when Mickey mauled the child.

The dogs supporters and lawyers insist that Mickey shouldn't be blamed.

"A lot of times dogs are not fault even though they do something that a lot of people don't agree with. Just like humans we protect ourselves we protect our families, we protect our things and dogs do the same thing, it's instinct," said Mary Ann Everett.

"You don't punish the victim, you don't punish Kevin for taking the bone, and you don't punish the animal that was minding its own business," said Kimberly Rosenberg.

Supporters of the save Mickey campaign say they will be in the courtroom when the verdict comes down.

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