According to records at the Clay County Justice Center, a 911 caller reported to authorities a 10-year-old male dog had attacked a volunteer dog handler at the shelter, located at 8280 North County Road 125 West, Brazil.
When TransCare emergency response personnel arrived on the scene, they discovered Patrick Huff Jr. had sustained multiple lacerations on one arm and both legs. Huff was treated at the scene for injuries and later transported to Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis.
The dog, a Chow named Sebastian, was immediately quarantined per state safety protocols. The animal will remain under close supervision for 10-14 days to check for any medical issues, including rabies.
Shelter Director Mike Sorrels updated The Brazil Times Wednesday about Huff's condition and what will happen next.
"We're really glad that Pat's safe, back at home today and will be able to return to volunteering at the shelter within a few weeks," Sorrels said. "Pat's been working with the animals here for approximately 25 hours a week for about two months. He's taken care of Sebastian during that time. They had a good relationship. We're not sure exactly what happened."
Apparently the incident occurred while Huff was removing the dog from the recreation area and returning it to a kennel.
"Pat had Sebastian on a leash," Sorrels said. "Pat just turned his back for a minute and for whatever reason, the dog snapped."
Although Sebastian was rescued from an abusive situation before coming to the shelter, Sorrels said a difficult decision has been made. The dog will be euthanized once medically cleared for safety reasons.
"There's a time and place where this type of action is necessary. This is one of them," Sorrels said. "What if a small child had wandered into the pen and this happened. We just can't take that chance."