Mar 16, 2014 4:31 PM by Associated Press
PHOENIX - A dog that mauled a 4-year-old Phoenix boy has sparked thousands of pleas online and through social media for mercy on his behalf.
A municipal court judge will rule March 25 whether Mickey, a pit bull that bit Kevin Vicente in the face, should be euthanized.
Since the Feb. 20 attack, Mickey has become the object of a Facebook page that has gotten more than 40,000 likes and an online petition to spare his life.
Supporters say the campaign doesn't mean they value the dog's life above the child's.
Guadalupe Villa, who was at the scene of the attack, filed the vicious-animal petition to have the dog put down.
Doctors say Kevin will need months of reconstructive surgery.