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Dog in mauling case begins life sentence at MCSO MASH unit

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A pit bull that mauled a little valley boy began a life sentence of sorts on Thursday.

Mickey was escorted to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's animal MASH unit where he will live out his days.

Sparing the dog's life became a cause that received national attention and even led to a court fight.

Mickey was personally brought in by Sheriff Arpaio to the only home he will know for the rest of his life.  He was sent there instead of being put down for the vicious attack on 7-year-old Kevin Vicente.

"This will be the first time.. that a judge has ever sent us a dog to jail.  This is a real jail," said Arpaio.

There was a huge outcry from dog lovers around the country after Mickey's owners said they wanted him put down.

Money was raised -- Mickey even had an attorney and he ended up here.  Mickey will be de-fanged and neutered and cared for by female jail inmates.

The money to care for him will not be taxpayer money and he will never get out to hurt anyone again.

"There's no probation, no parole, no execution.. a life sentence, so we are ready to care for Mickey for how long the dog lives," said Arpaio.

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