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Online support launched to save pit bull who bit child

Published: Monday, March 17, 2014 @ 1:49 PM
Updated: Monday, March 17, 2014 @ 1:49 PM

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It has been almost a month since 4-year-old Kevin Vincente was bitten while playing in his neighbor's yard. The dog responsible has been held in an Arizona animal control center since the incident. In most cases, the dog would have been euthanized after 10 days in the facility.

But since the incident -- perhaps surprising support for the pup, considering it's a pit bull. Supporters say Mickey only attacked because the child was trying to take his bone. (Via KSAZ)

A Change.org petition currently has 45,000 signatures and a Save Mickey Facebook page has almost 43,000 likes. (Via Change.orgFacebook)

Mickey's case has been picked up by The Lexus Project, a nonprofit that collects money to legally defend dogs in danger of being euthanized. 

Attorney John Schill spoke with KPNX about the case. He said he does not discount what happened to Kevin, calling it "horrible."

"This is a unique case because this is a death penalty case if I lose this Mickey dies ... My hope is that Mickey is found not to be vicious and to get Mickey in a rehab situation." (Via KPNX)

Pit bulls have gotten bad names in the press -- they're viewed as an aggressive breed. In the past week alone ...

A Phoenix woman died from her injuries after being attacked by the family's pit bull, police shot two pit bulls after they bit a man twice in the leg in Ohio and in Florida a pit bull escaped from an animal shelter and attacked two children in a minivan. So why are so many people rallying around this particular dog?

 "Had Mickey left his yard to go maul a child on purpose that would be a different story." (Via KSAZ)​

Mickey's supporters also point out the dog does not have a history of violence, and the animal control center says he has not exhibited violent behavior while there. 

As for Kevin, he continues to recover from a broken eye socket, fractured jaw and multiple gashes to his face. He will need multiple reconstructive surgeries.

Next week, a municipal court judge will decide if Mickey should be euthanized. A recovery fund for Kevin has been set up through the Maricopa Health Foundation to help pay for treatment. 

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American Airlines plane with hydraulic fluid leak safely lands at Florida airport

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 7:12 PM

File photo.  (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
Tim Boyle/Getty Images
File photo. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)(Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

An American Airlines plane flying from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Palm Beach International Airport developed a hydraulic leak Saturday afternoon. 

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Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews responded to the airport after the plane landed safely at the gate at about 1:07 p.m, according to Capt. Albert Borroto.

The plane -- which was scheduled to land at PBI -- did not need to make an emergency landing, and there are no reports of injuries, Leonard Serratore of PBI said. 

It is unclear if the plane experienced the leak before or after the plane took off from Charlotte. 

In August 2016, a similar incident with an American Airlines plane occurred at PBI in which the plane developed a hydraulic leak on a taxiway. In that instance, 23 passengers and one flight attendant were taken to area hospitals with minor injuries, including burning eyes, itchy skin and difficulty breathing.

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Trump considers pardon for late boxer Jack Johnson

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 7:04 PM

FILE - This undated photo shows boxer Jack Johnson.  President Donald Trump says he's considering
FILE - This undated photo shows boxer Jack Johnson. President Donald Trump says he's considering "a Full Pardon!" for boxing's first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after Jack Johnson was convicted by all-white jury of "immorality" for one of his relationships. Trump tweets that the actor Sylvester Stallone called him to share Johnson's story. Trump says Johnson's "trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial." The president adds: "Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!" (AP Photo/File(AP)

Prodded by actor Sylvester Stallone, President Donald Trump said he’s considering a posthumous pardon for boxing's first black heavyweight champion, more than 100 years after he was convicted by an all-white jury of accompanying a white woman across state lines.

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Jack Johnson, who died in 1946, was convicted in 1913 for violating the Mann Act, which made it illegal to transport women across state lines for "immoral" purposes.

"His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial," Trump tweeted Saturday afternoon from Mar-a-Lago. "Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!"

Johnson's family has tried to get a posthumous pardon for years. The tweet comes a week after Trump pardoned I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a top aide to former Vice President Dick Cheney.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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'Mini-Me' actor Verne Troyer dead at 49

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:21 PM

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Verne Troyer, famous for his role as "Mini-Me" in the Austin Powers comedies, died Saturday. He was 49. (Photo: Verne Troyer/Facebook)

Verne Troyer, famous for his role as Mini-Me in the "Austin Powers" comedies, died Saturday. He was 49. 

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‘Full Metal Jacket’ actor R. Lee Ermey dead at 74

Published: Sunday, April 15, 2018 @ 7:09 PM

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Actor R. Lee Ermey, famous for his role as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in “Full Metal Jacket” died Sunday. He was 74. 

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