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Pat McMahon

Mickey

I love dogs. The bigger a dog is the more I love 'em. I love little dogs, too and I really don't care what breed. I'm just a typical dog lover.

I also love 4-year-old kids. It's a great age: discovery, wide-eyed wonderment, curiosity. I suppose it was curiosity that led the little guy to a neighbor's property where he allegedly opened the gate to the back yard, where a family pet was chained.

We are told the child attempted to take the dog's bone and was bitten and seriously injured. We know what to do with the child. Heal the wounds, no matter how many procedures are necessary. But what do we do with Mickey, the dog?

The automatic response would be to put the animal down, to euthanize him. After all, he was a pit bull who attacked a child.

But there seems to be mitigating circumstances and Tuesday a judge decided Mickey should live -- defanged, neutered and microchipped -- but live. And perhaps there may come a time when that curious little boy would agree that's the just thing to do.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author


He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talk-shows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The Mc Mahon Group" features a very unpredictable all-star panel where 3 people from the community get together and give there thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's which talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multi-faceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.

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