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He said it’s likely that lovers of pit bulls, specifically, are driving Mickey’s Facebook following. Pit bulls have been saddled with a bad rap — fair or not — of being one of the most dangerous dogs. A lot of that reputation is thanks to other mauling cases, Herzog said.
"I don’t think this reflects that people like dogs more than they like kids. It’s a reflection that ... this is yet another instance of their breed getting blame for something it didn’t do," Herzog said. "’Blame the deed, not the breed.’"
Support for Mickey intensified after an employee at the Maricopa County Animal Control and Care Center, which has custody of the dog, wrote on Facebook that Mickey was "going night night."
Melissa Gable, a center spokeswoman, said the employee will face administrative action but declined to elaborate.
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