So this is sorta old news, but the story still pops up in blogs that I visit every now and then and makes my blood boil and the bile in my stomach churn whenever I read about it -- and for those unfamiliar with the story and want one of many examples of how backwards and fucked up our justice system is, here's the spiel:
Basically, at the beginning of this year, a four-year-old child got mauled by a pitbull named Mickey and remains permanently disfigured. It would seem the logical action to take after this tragedy would be to put this dangerous animal down before it attacks another (mind you, this franken-mauler has already demonstrated violence in the past)...
The circle-jerk community of pitbull extremists caused an internet shitstorm of victim-blaming and breed apologia, ultimately leading to facebook support groups and even a FUNDRAISER to save this toddler-munching mutt from being euthanized.
Kevin Vincente, the REAL victim, on the other hand, got relatively little support.
If you don't believe me, take a gander at these Facebook pages and compare the "like" statistics.
Kevin the child: www.facebook.com/welovekevinvi…
Mikey the dog: www.facebook.com/pages/Save-Mi…
Because of the outcry of pit nutters nationwide, a team of death-penalty lawyers got involved which ultimately lead to the judge pardoning Mickey for his crime, instead sentencing the dog to....life in prison? =/
Currently, Mickey the pitbull is living out his days in a no-kill animal shelter, where he is well-taken with tax-payers' money that could be used on another animal that isn't aggressive towards humans and deserving of a home.
Kevin Vincente, whose facebook page is trolled regularly by shitbull nutters, remains disfigured and possibly faces years of plastic surgery (and most likely trauma(. Just to give you an idea of the extent of his injuries: he suffered a collapsed eye socket, a broken jaw, and severe tissue damage.