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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - The latest picture of a boy who was mauled by a pit bull shows little Kevin Vicente out of the hospital and enjoying the outdoors, but still recovering from his wounds. The attack gained national attention.
    
Mickey, the pit bull that attacked Kevin, was supposed to be put down, but was saved when people across the country came to the dog's defense, even hiring a lawyer for the dog.

The 4-year-old making great strides in his recovery. A Facebook page called "for the love of Kevin" shows the latest pictures of Kevin Vicente.

Kevin is described on the Facebook site as a strong and brave little boy, was mauled by a pit-bull in his babysitter's backyard in February.

According to the Maricopa health foundation website, his face was mangled so badly that hospital workers were traumatized by his injuries.

He underwent 5 1/2 hours of surgery and was eating and breathing through tubes while waiting for a series of re constructive surgeries.

But the little boy was released from the hospital earlier this month.

One post on the Facebook page says he has just one more surgery left.

After a ferocious, international debate on whether to euthanize the dog, named Mickey, a judge ruled the dog should live but can never be adopted.

Tuesday, the judge decided where the dog will spend the rest of its life: behind bars. Mickey will be placed in the MCSO Mash unit.

"Probably the first time in history a judge has sentenced a dog to jail, I'm willing to take the dog," said Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

In 2000, Sheriff Joe Arpaio opened a facility in the jail for abused animals and thought Mickey would be a perfect fit.

"They're isolated in their own cell these dogs have been abused we have our inmates take care of the dogs its a two way street they get to love the dogs and vice versa," he said.

The sheriff says the attorney, representing the dog, was behind the sheriff's recommendation.

"No dog has escaped we have no problems with the inmates or detention officers its all free. If there is any liability we take the hit, so its a win-win situation," said Arpaio.

Donations for both the four year old and Mickey the dog are being accepted.
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