At times you realize a situation that is such a major, epic, FAIL that the only allegory that can describe it accurately is Train Wreck.
There is a true Animal Uncontrol Train Wreck unfolding in Maricopia County, AZ. This is a disaster so epic in scale, it left me speechless for a while (and getting me to shut up is an epic accomplishment in itself). Interesting to note that many Train Wrecks are often caused by a few minor mistakes / problems that ultimately lead to an epic disaster.
Another aspect of the Trainwreck is that so many people lie about the details (usually to protect themselves), that it is difficult if not impossible to determine what actually happened.
Here is what I think happened, and feel free to eludicate me on any details I may have wrong or may have missed.
February 24th, 2014 4 year old Kevin Vincente was attacked by a pit bull type dog ("Mickey") in Phoenix AZ. The dog caused massive injuries to Kevin's face, resulting in severe blood loss and requiring extensive plastic surgery to his face. Kevin likely faces years of reconstructive surgeries to his face.
Apparently, Kevin was under the auspices of a babysitter at the time. The babysitter took Kevin and her 5 year old to her boyfriend's house for a visit. Kevin had been a guest on this property in the past, and was no stranger the the boyfriend or the dog. The boyfriend was Mickey's owner at the time of the incident.
It appears that the children were playing near "Mickey" when the dog lunged and bit Kevin on the face. Mickey proceeded to perform a "shake and hold" maneuver on Kevin for an unspecified period of time. Long enough to do a lot of damage to Kevin's face, in any case. The babysitter then drove Kevin to an emergent care facility and he was then ambulanced from there to the hospital.
The boyfriend (Sorry, I can't seem to determine this individual's name) surrendered Mickey to Maricopia County Animal Control after the incident. This person has not been charged with any crimes at this time that I know of.
For more details on this incident, consider the related Dogs Bite Decateur AL article.
First, I invite any Facebook users to visit the For the love of Kevin Facebook page. Please give it a "Like" at least... I'm sure Kevin and his family could use the support. The page has info on how to donate funds and the like.
Now, none of the above is all that unusual. Something like this happens daily. Where this gets interesting and I mean that in a strictly morbidly fascinating kind of way, is viewing the public response to the incident.
Note that the For the love of Kevin Facebook page has about 360 "likes" as I write this. Unfortunately, the Save Mickey Facebook page has 35,200 "likes as I write this!! Apparently, an extremist Animal Rights advocacy group, the Lexus Project, has taken up Mickey's cause, pulling out all the stops to not only prevent Mickey's euthanization, but to get him re-homed!
I'm not liking these odds: The Mickey supporters outnumber the Kevin supporters nearly 100 to 1. Those are not winning odds, people.
Indeed, Mickey is now represented by the Schill Law Group, who has filed for and received a legal restraining order against Maricopia County Animal control, preventing them from euthanizing Mickey until ALL of the legal proceedings have been exhausted. Note the TRO is only temporary, I am sure Schill will file even more sophisticated motions in the future.
For my remarks on how A.R. Extremists lie, cheat, abuse the legal system and social media to achieve their goals, consider my remarks on the subject from 2012. That playbook indicated is being followed to the letter.
In any case, Lexus, Schill, and a horde of rank and file supporters are pulling out ALL the stops to "Save Mickey". They may, indeed, succeed. Think about that for a minute, a known human mauler coming to a neighborhood near you! Thanks Lexus Project!!
More to come... this fiasco has barely started...