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Volunteer recovering after dog attack

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Mike Sorrels
A volunteer at the Clay County Humane Society Shelter is on the mend after being unexpectedly mauled Tuesday afternoon.

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."

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I respect the shelter's efforts to be a no kill facility, but in situations like this I agree that the animal needs to be put down. I hope Mr. Huff makes a speedy recovery.

-- Posted by snow on Wed, Jun 9, 2010, at 11:32 PM

I believe this is may be the same dog that bit my son earlier this year when he was working at the shelter. It is a shame to have to put an animal down but they can allow it to continue to do this to people either. Best wishes to Mr. Huff.

-- Posted by CCmom1972 on Thu, Jun 10, 2010, at 10:50 AM

It is not okay to euthanize a animal just because it made a attack, animals that are abused need special attention and training in order to become tame again. The animal should be quarantined and worked with. I mean it is the Humane shelter, does not sound like this Sorrels guy is too humane.

-- Posted by thebrazilguy31 on Thu, Jun 10, 2010, at 11:55 AM

thebrazilguy31, then you should adopt the poor little doggie and take it home and train it. Let us know how it works out for you.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Thu, Jun 10, 2010, at 12:47 PM

LOL Lee Thall, you crack me up! I always try to make it here at least once a day to see what mischief you're in to.

BTW, I agree this animal should be put down. I know it's not it's fault because of abuse, but it's an animal that has learned behavior over many years, and I don't see anyone taking another 10 years, or the chance of being bitten, to try and fix it.

-- Posted by Cy on Thu, Jun 10, 2010, at 1:00 PM

Why was this dog quarantined outside in a pen instead of inside, and from my understanding this dog has attacked before so why wasn't it euthenized then? This is why a "no kill" shelter does not always work for the best. Get well soon Mr. Huff.

-- Posted by bandmom_63 on Thu, Jun 10, 2010, at 2:03 PM

Ask the poor family in Kokomo if it was worth owning a "friendly" Pit Bull that killed their daughter. A human's life is worth more than an animal's.

This dog has issues and this dog needs to be put down.

What is sadder, a dead dog or a dead child?

-- Posted by localgal on Thu, Jun 10, 2010, at 5:16 PM

Hey freedom1 I am a tree hugging hippie and i think the dog should be put down...once a dog attacks it always will unless u have the time and equipment to handle his attacks again until or if he is ever tame again....But i think your comment was rude...dont assume just because some one gave their opinion that they are tree hugging hippie...I am all for rehabilitation but in some cases we must use common sense and think of others ...no one wants to put it down but no one wants to have this happen again

-- Posted by mom of3 on Thu, Jun 10, 2010, at 5:20 PM

Freedom1 i do believe you are the one with your panties in a bunch because it is obvious you are one person who would force your will on others maybe you should be put down to like you said its America and i can agree with you or disagree with you

-- Posted by brazil citizen on Thu, Jun 10, 2010, at 10:20 PM

I never thought the day would come when I agreed completely with Lee Thall on a story. Some animals, and humans for that matter, can't be rehabilitated and should be put down when they attack innocent people.

-- Posted by snow on Fri, Jun 11, 2010, at 1:24 AM

I guess it doesn't matter what story it is that your commenting on. People have the right to an opinion however you often spend most of your time commenting on how your backing your opinion up and a Brazil Times internet fight is unleashed. Every day, every article!

-- Posted by Reader11 on Fri, Jun 11, 2010, at 1:22 PM

OK, Mr.Freedom1 thou it is a hard time trying to decide when or if you should put any animal down. In my opinion(And yall know I GOT ONE)I do honestly believe there are more dipsticks in this town that need to be put down then animals. And alot of them are usually the ones that have screwed up the animals. After all look at what they teach thier off-spring,A whole lot of NOTHING!! Yall can grip about it but you know it's true.

-- Posted by Cardonia Redneck on Sat, Jun 12, 2010, at 12:16 PM

I'm not griping .. I know it's true CARDONIA REDNECK!! As for the poor animal:

No matter what the animal has done, I don't believe in putting it down. I realize a learned behavior is very hard to get rid of .. but there are people out there who will do it, and have done it (don't you watch Dog Whisperer?? ; )

That said .. I do not believe the life of an animal is greater than the life of a human. I also don't believe that any one BREED of dog is unable to be rehabilitated. Now, finding the right person for the job .. that's a little more difficult.

Unfortunately, our local shelter neither has the means or the desire to rehabilitate dogs at their facility .. the cost is too great and the demand is too high. It's easier (financially, etc) to put the dog down.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Jun 16, 2010, at 11:40 AM

One more thing ..

All animals are instinctual, no matter how much you 'domesticate' them. An animal is just that FIRST and FOREMOST .. and must learn their place alongside their master.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Jun 16, 2010, at 11:41 AM


The sad truth is: for every "Dog Whisperer" story there are many more sad stories of people being mauled or killed. Since there are so many dogs that need homes, the dangerous ones need put down.

I like the show.. But the one thing he never addresses is what is the next door neighbor to do when the owner is not responsible. I'll tell you what they do: they live in fear and nothing can be done until a person is hurt. The whole thought of "punish the deed and not the breed" is really saying "Let a child die before something is done." With all the choices out there in breeds, some simply do not belong in our community. One would have to be simply blind not to see that some breeds are inherently dangerous and have been bred to have the strength to kill. I know that makes certain breed lovers mad, but is simply a very sad statistical fact - most recently proven by the loss of a child in Kokomo.

I appreciate that you do put a human's life above an animal's. That you don't want to see an animal put down. But hard choices need to be made for the safety of us all, including all the workers in animal shelters who are trying very hard to help animals.

-- Posted by localgal on Wed, Jun 16, 2010, at 11:13 PM


I must admit, I have not lived next to an out-of-control animal and had not entertained that side of this story until your post. Thank you for showing me another perspective. ; )

I would hate to be afraid to walk outside my home or live in fear my children would be mauled or worse by an animal with irresponsible owners.

I'm sure the authorities will do the right thing for everyone involved. Even if it means putting this animal down.

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Jun 17, 2010, at 12:17 PM


I really appreciate that, I live with that situation right now. We are not free to enjoy a family members home anymore because of dogs. The neighbors dogs have attacked neighbors animals and get out from time to time. So there is never a moment that I don't have to worry that a dog that has the potential to kill or maul will do so. Always thinking is today the day they get loose and go after a kid walking their dog?

When ones right to choose takes away your freedom and security it just isn't right. I wish I could make them understand how miserable our lives have become. You don't need to own a killer dog. There are so many better choices. We would never put their safety in jeopardy, why is it ok for them to? I just want to feel safe again.

-- Posted by localgal on Thu, Jun 17, 2010, at 3:08 PM

You make a good point .. why would someone need to own a 'killer dog'? Dogs are supposed to be companions .. do you have 'killer friends'??

I hope you do feel safe again, LG. ; )

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Jun 18, 2010, at 1:09 PM

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