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6-year-old boy escapes attack of Bullmastiff

Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Clay County youth, who was attacked by a dog recently, is now home.

Brazil resident Max Monce said his son Jonathan, 6, was attacked by a neighboring dog, a Bullmastiff, March 31.

According to Max, the dog initially went after his son Daniel, 11, but did not hurt him.

Following the initial altercation, Max said Jonathan went to help his brother when the dog attacked the youngster.

"The dog grabbed him by the head and drug him," Max said.

His older son Steven, 13, came over to help. However, by that time, the dog had a grip on Jonathan's torso, according to Max.

Max said his sons tried to pry the dog off their brother before retrieving their parents for help, saying Daniel went to get his father and Steven went to get his mother, Sarah.

"They basically saved his life," Max said. "They are heroes. They went and rescued their brother. I'm most proud of Steven and Daniel for saving their brother's life, because that dog was not letting go of him."

After the family managed to pull their son away from the attack, they immediately called 911.

Jonathan was transported to Union Hospital, Terre Haute, before being taken to Riley's Hospital for Children, Indianapolis.

After an extended stay in the emergency room, Jonathan was allowed to go home.

Max said his son has a torn eyelid, a large laceration on the top of his head and a fractured eye socket.

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton told The Brazil Times the incident is still under investigation.

He added it allegedly took place in another party's yard.

"They're looking at the third-party information," Heaton said.

The dog, he said, was a neighbor's animal.

The dog was taken and quarantined at the Clay County Humane Shelter. According to Heaton, it has to be quarantined for up to 10 days to observe its behavior.

Following the 10-day period, the dog will be returned to its owner.

Heaton said the dog's owner was cited for harboring an non-immunized dog as its shots were not up-to-date.

Heaton said a dog attack of this kind has not taken place in the county in quite some time.

"It's been a while since we had one this severe," Heaton said.

Max said his son is bruised up but doing better.

"He was finally able to open his eye Sunday," Max said. "Right now, he seems to be doing pretty good."

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And........why is this dog not being destroyed? The owner does not even care enough to keep up on the vaccinations, why would he care about a neighbor's child possible being attacked again? Wake up people - the dog has tasted blood, and he knows how to get it! DUH!

-- Posted by EYN1962 on Thu, Apr 7, 2011, at 9:11 PM

The dog must be quarantined to determine if it has rabies, that's why it wasn't put down.

Where in the article does it say the dog has not had it's vacinations?

After the 10 da. period, then put it down. If it attacked a human once, it may very well do it again. I hope the victim's parents file a civil suit.

-- Posted by BWare on Thu, Apr 7, 2011, at 9:21 PM

Why should the dog be destroyed? We do not know both sides of this story. Typically this breed is very gentle and not easy to tick off. Why were the kids in the neighbors yard? Were they tormenting the dog? Why did the dog attack them? Too many questions to be asked.

The 10 day period is to determine if the animal has rabies. As for the dogs shots, maybe just maybe the owner forgot. I know I have forgotten to go to the doctor for myself. Its plausable.

-- Posted by dxrs0 on Thu, Apr 7, 2011, at 9:26 PM

I agree with dxrso. I own a mastiff and she is a very gental dog. We have one neighbor boy who thinks it is fun to poke sticks at her through the fence and throw rocks at her over the fence. I am sure she dosent like this child very much because when he walks down the alley she barks and growls at him. Anyone else can walk down the alley and she walks along the fence beside them wondering why they cant pet her! I am sorry this happened to this little boy and hope he recovers from his injuries. I would dare to say he has teased this animal at one point. I dont see anything saying this dog was running loose. Was this dog on a chain or in a pen? There are two sides to every story. Remember this is only one side!

-- Posted by dogslove on Thu, Apr 7, 2011, at 10:12 PM

A child is in Riley, and the only fine given is because the dog doesn't have its shots!!!! We are truly a stupid people.

I know, muscle dogs are great peaceful creatures that get a bad rap... bla bla bla.

People are replaceable, we wouldn't want to take away anyone's right to do what they please.

Facts gets in the way of the way these dogs are portrayed by their owners. Some sad facts...

The year 2010 produced 34 fatal dog attacks in the USA. There were 33 fatal dog attacks in 2007, 23 in 2008, and 33 in 2009.

This year alone:

In 2011, dogs have killed 8 Americans so far. Of these deaths, 5 were caused by pit bulls, two by Rottweilers and one by an akita.

On January 5, 2011, 51-year-old Linda Castillo of Colusa, California, was mauled to death by her pit bull mix.

On January 12, 2011, two loose pit bulls killed 5-year-old Makayla Woodard and severely injured her grandmother, 67-year old Nancy Presson. It happened in Waxhaw, North Carolina, a one-bite state. This state has one of the worst dog bite laws in the USA. (See North Carolina.)

On January 22, 2011, 9-year-old Kristen Lee Dutton was killed by her grandfather's dog, a Japanese akita which he owned for only 3 weeks. This happened in South Carolina, a strict liability state.

On January 26, 2011, 51-year-old Ronnie Waldo was killed by three pit bulls owned by his neighbor in Pontotoc County, Mississippi. Waldo had gone next door to borrow a tool.

On February 18, 2011, 66-year-old Sirlinda Hayes of Columbia, South Carolina, was killed by Rottweilers as she worked in her garden. The dogs had been at large, and also attacked their owner before police shot them dead. Click here for the story.

On February 19, 2011, a 10-day-old boy died after being mauled by family pit bull in Kalamazoo, Michigan. His name has not been released as of this writing.

On March 5, 2011, 3-year-old Vanessa Husmann was killed by her grandfather's rottweilers in her own backyard. This happened in Hopkinton, Iowa.

On March 6, 2011, Jennie Erquiaga, 47, was killed by her own pit bull in her backyard, in San Bernardino, California.

Info from www.dogbitelaw.com

-- Posted by localgal on Thu, Apr 7, 2011, at 10:34 PM

I Want to know why the owners of the dog were not spoken to in regards to this alleged attack. My understanding is the boys father was never present for any of this situation and therefore you have quoted heresay. The type of dog you have listed the dog in this alleged attack is actually the incorrect breed. You should have done much more research than taking an emotional family at their words. I say free the dog. There is no solid evidence. Just hearsay and a six year old who could have easily been influenced by the coaching of his parents.

-- Posted by Dmj1984 on Thu, Apr 7, 2011, at 11:24 PM


You forgot to mention Union and Riley hospitals involvement, those Doc's were just needing to make money the kid was fine.

You prove my point, facts are not important to the owners of these breeds. They simply don't care.

-- Posted by localgal on Thu, Apr 7, 2011, at 11:30 PM

Mr. Moon,

Let this be a lesson to you. "Get your facts straight" before you publish in the newspaper. It's sad that a small town newspaper will publish lies about an innocent dog who was let lose by these boys. These boys have been told numerous times to stay away from the dog, yet their curiosity led them into mischief. Mr. Moon, have you spoken to Bruiser's owners? Are you going to print the real story? I challenge you to print the truth.

-- Posted by twheat on Fri, Apr 8, 2011, at 6:08 AM

Large breed dogs are not always aggressive. Irresponsible owners can own any type of dog and the dog may still attack. Just because a dog attacked once doesn't mean it will again. Knee jerk reactions to put down the dog sensationalize dog attacks. It's ridiculous to assume once a dog tasted blood it will be on the lookout for it again. If the dog was in it's own yard and the children were in the dogs yard unsupervised then the parents and the dog owner are at fault. Bad kids and big dogs don't mix. Owning a dog or any animal for that matter is a huge responsibility. Once must always be vigilant for the safety of the animal as well as others.

-- Posted by newtoo on Fri, Apr 8, 2011, at 6:53 AM

Oh local gal I forgot to mention my understanding is there were 2 other dogs there at the time this dog allegedly attacked the boy. Are those dogs also being quarantined for 10 days? Are those dogs also being treated as the attackers? So much info the Brazil Times did not relay to the public. Brazil Times get the whole story before you have a community of enraged people.

-- Posted by Dmj1984 on Fri, Apr 8, 2011, at 8:03 AM

I am certain there is more to the story. Typical reporting for the Brazil Times to skim over the facts. I guess some of us can't expect a lot from a small town newspaper geared toward small minded people. I hope this dog gets treated fairly. All too often dogs are teased and mistreated and then blamed when they finally bite their tormentors. In my experience parents tout that tired old line "...my child would never do..." all too often, only to find out later that their child would and did do the offending act. If the dog is mean then put it down. If not, well then wake up mom and dad your kid is no angel.

-- Posted by My opinion counts on Fri, Apr 8, 2011, at 8:54 AM

BWare...here's a copy & paste from the article above about the shots part! = )

"Heaton said the dog's owner was cited for harboring an non-immunized dog as its shots were not up-to-date."

I'm not sure of the "whole" story but I do have an issue w/ pet owners (of any kind) not making sure that their lovable creatures (whatever kind/breed/etc) are getting their proper shots. Pets should be just like a family member to the family...would parents not make sure that their children have their shots?

I'm not taking sides w/ either person involved...I just don't like to see pets neglected when it comes to their healthcare. = )

-- Posted by JQuick on Fri, Apr 8, 2011, at 9:18 AM

JQuick, I was responding to EYN who asked why the dog wasn't put down. It's state law that they must be quarantined for a 10 da. period. After 10 da. the animal is tested and will show either positive or negative for rabies.

Just because the dog's shots were not up to date doesn't mean it had rabies.

-- Posted by BWare on Fri, Apr 8, 2011, at 10:20 AM


I am not ignorant, nor blind about the facts that pit owners refuse to see. Regardless if this story is accurate or not. If you look at the facts of the dogs who do the killings and the victims who are brushed under the rug of canned excuses of the pit community you will know the truth.

I know a pit owner who will leave her dog run the neighborhood and not care who it attacks. NOTHING will be done until a person is hurt. Even then the canned excuses will start.

I challenge you to look at the stats, 80% of all deaths are caused by theses breeds. I care more about people. I don't look at a rape victim and say it's the victims fault. I don't see a mauled or dead person and say oh well it's a isolated case. I get to live in fear of a pit attack, because a neighbor wants a ego dog. She is a bad owner, dog never paid attention to, left in the back yard until they get out for their daily run. NOBODY will do anything about it, the pit community does nothing to regulate itself and wants no regulations on it. They just use all the bad owner, ban the deed not the breed crap as a way to escape accountability. No, I am not the ignorant one here.

-- Posted by localgal on Fri, Apr 8, 2011, at 10:22 AM

I can say with 100% certainty that there is no dog BREED that is BORN aggressive - the natural defense a dog has is the bite.

I don't know whether the children who were attacked provoked this animal or not - so I won't speculate on that.

I don't believe the dog in this article is vicious or a danger to society. I believe he was defending himself the only way he knew how .. with his mouth.

And before you ask .. NO, I do not put the life of an animal before the life of a child. I do, however, believe that IF this dog was tormented, he had a right (as all mammals do) to defend himself.

I was attacked by a dog as a child. The dog who bit me was defending himself. He was not put down, but was held the standard 10 days. When I healed, I played with the dog just as I had before the attack.

The "taste of blood" comment above shows ignorance against dogs and how that ignorance can cause unnecessary paranoia and panic. Dogs aren't vampires, nor do they 'feed' on small children!

My prayers go out to this family and their children. I hope he makes a full recovery.

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Apr 8, 2011, at 12:22 PM

It is ridiculous to Judge this dog until all the facts are known. The dog has a family as well and I am sure they are hurting also. I am sorry that a little boy was hurt, but as a dog lover I don't think that we should be so quick to want to put down a dog. That dogs is someones pet and I am sure they love it dearly. So being rude and making ridiculous comments will not make the child heal faster, nor will it make the families involved feel better! Praying for everyone involved!

-- Posted by dmh15 on Fri, Apr 8, 2011, at 1:28 PM

A dog will only attack those who will not stop teasing or attacking him/her self. Check out the reason the dog is loose in the first place. Maybe just maybe someone let him loose and the other dogs did all the attacking. Just saying. There are definately TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY.

-- Posted by bugLover17 on Fri, Apr 8, 2011, at 3:12 PM


I think this is the symptom of the real problem. We have dogs running around off leash, that is not a good situation. All dog have a pack mentality and it can be a dangerous situation.

We need to rethink the outside dog mentality. Why own a dog that is tied to a box for the rest of it's life. Why do we think that dog would be a balanced creature? I am talking generally not about this case.

We have to think for our pets. We need to be in control of our pets. We are responsible for our neighbors safety and our dogs safety. To acknowledge our dogs as dogs and treat them accordingly. You can't say, my dog wont bite. You don't know that.

We need to admit there are dogs that are more aggressive and have the strength to follow through. We need to insist the owners that want these dogs to be truly responsible for them. The worst of the worst of dog owners are drawn to dogs that require trained owners.

People are being mauled or killed as people stand on semantics. This child could of lost their life. I don't know what happened in this case, but other have been killed by dogs left to their own devices and also by personal pets. We better truly know what we are doing and understand the breed we own, not just pits but all breads even mutts.

It's time people are held accountable for animal abuse, animal neglect and the harm their animals inflict on the lives of others. It's only right.

-- Posted by localgal on Fri, Apr 8, 2011, at 3:56 PM

I'm a firm believer that "good fences make good neighbors".

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Fri, Apr 8, 2011, at 3:59 PM

Localgal concerning the 34 fatal dog attacks in the US. Let's not forget that we are a nation of more than 4 million people. 34 out of 4 million seems like ridiculously low odds to worry about.

Let's put it in perspective using the info I found here. http://danger.mongabay.com/injury_death....

31 killed by being bitten or crushed by reptiles.

341 people drowned in a bathtub.

327 Accidentally suffocated or strangled in bed.

55 were killed by hot tap water.

50 were killed by lightening.

54 by hornets, wasps or bees.

80 by legal execution.

Sounds to me like you could save ten times as many lives, (actually you can never save a life, we will all die, you can only delay death) by outlawing bathtubs, or 20 times as many lives by outlawing bathtubs and beds.

There were even more people killed by hot tap water than by dogs. Should we call those deadly water heaters, "muscle water heaters"? That's no more ridiculous than the term "muscle dogs".

Come on folks, let's be real. There weren't enough details in this story to form any kind of intelligent opinion. And the lack of info gives people the excuse they were waiting on to voice their own prejudices and fears while pretending they are facts.

-- Posted by bowman on Fri, Apr 8, 2011, at 5:03 PM


Wow, your thinking is amazing. I hope it doesn't happen to you, but if your loved one is killed by a dog let me know how you feel. Tell me if all of the facts you quoted comfort you.

A question for you, is there any social issue that needs addressed if you can find a worse situation somewhere else? My guess is when a issue affect you, your opinion will totally change. What would you do if you called the police to report a crime and they tell you "sorry dude, considering more people die from alligators than what you are reporting, we are not coming to help you."

Now back to reality. Here is a sad bit of insight from one of the meaningless victims you spoke about.


May you never know that kind of pain.

-- Posted by localgal on Fri, Apr 8, 2011, at 5:42 PM

bowman, so there aren't enough details? A dog tried to eat a 6 y.o. What other details do we need? Sounds like there may be something missing that would justify the attack.

-- Posted by BWare on Fri, Apr 8, 2011, at 6:52 PM

we had a pittie for 10 years.she had a stroke and we lost her. when the grandkids were around her, we had a rule that they could not be alone with her. this is during the toddler age. dogs can get threatened if they feel cornered, or the child just wont leave them in peace. its not the childs fault they just want to play. we are dog people and happy to say our children are as well. they are loved,and are definitely taught bounderies. discipline.respect. do i think my dogs would bite a person.i think to say no is wrong. our dogs are leashed and when in the yard playing an adult is always there. it is a sad story when you hear of a child getting bitten. but it seems to me the owner of the dog and the parents should carry some of the blame

-- Posted by pukee on Fri, Apr 8, 2011, at 7:52 PM

PUKEE .. I enjoyed reading what you wrote and agree totally. Thank you.

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Apr 8, 2011, at 9:03 PM

I think most of the owners of these dogs are just like the dogs. They don't give a damn who they hurt or kill. Why in gods name would you want a dog or any kind of animal thats going to kill or mame someone. Let the owners sit there ass in jail and they will get rid of these animals.

-- Posted by Eaglesnest 1 on Fri, Apr 8, 2011, at 10:18 PM

My wife and I own a 10 yo Doberman that we have had since she was a puppy. She is a full fledged member of our family, and will be sorely missed when she passes.

Even though our family pet has been nothing but gentle and loving, there have been a couple of incidents. One such incident was with the mailman. The mailman came to our door with a certified letter, and while I was signing, she reached to pet the dog. Our dog snapped at her hand, but did not actually make contact. After that incident, I moved our mailbox from the house to the street, and we installed an invisible fence.

Another incident involved a neighborhood boy. I had our dog on our pool deck with me, as she loves to swim. My daughter was playing basketball alone in our driveway. As the boy passed our house, he swerved into our drive and pretended he was going to hit my daughter with his bike. He turned around to make another pass at her, and the dog caught what was going on. She ran to our daughter's defense and scared the boy, quite justly in my opinion. Even though the boy was not bitten, I apologized to him and his parents.

My point is that sometimes circumstances arise that provoke a dog attack. Whether it was simply the mailman reaching into our house, or a naughty neighborhood boy acting like he was going to harm a family member. Most dogs only act aggressively when they feel the need to defend. Dogs are part of human society, and have been since the early ages of human existence. While removing a catfish from my hook last summer, he clamped down on my fingers and bit me. Does that mean I stop fishing and we kill all catfish? No. It just means that as long as dogs are part of daily interactions with humans, there will be occasional things happens. All you can do is take some responsibility for your pets and put precautions in place. Things like invisible fences, leashes, and warning signs are such precautions.

As for this article, there are a lot of questions that are unanswered. There are also a lot of hints to what may have caused the attack. 3 young boys who were in the neighbor's yard with no adult supervision strikes me as the makings for something bad to happen. We all know how kids can be sometimes. We also know that young kids may not have the experience to realize when they may be creating a circumstance that the dog may feel it needs to defend itself.

This situation sounds tragic, bit it also sounds as though the dog may actually be the only innocent party involved. Parent and dog owner supervision would have probably prevented this from happening. It does not sound like this should be a time to destroy the dog. But, it does sound like a great opportunity for all the humans involved to learn a very valuable lesson.

There is nothing wrong with owning pets. But, pet owners need to do their part and make every attempt to prevent accidents from happening.

-- Posted by Oldtown on Sat, Apr 9, 2011, at 5:33 AM

Old Town,I like your story. Very well put. Thank you for sharing.

-- Posted by twheat on Sat, Apr 9, 2011, at 6:24 AM


I am not being hostile. But it does anger me when people dismiss hurt humans over a dog. I get my view from what has happened to people. People who have seen their loved ones killed or maimed in a violent way. When people say there is an acceptable number of dead kids. Why shouldn't that anger anyone?

It's way easier to have a quick opinion based on your wants than to see an issue on a whole. You have a right to your opinion, voice it, it's a good thing.

As far as my personal experience: A family member lives next door to a bad dog owner. The dog is a pit mix, is left to roam, has attacked three dogs, has cornered my child on a bike - and they have now obtained another pit mix, which roams freely with the first dog (which trains it to be hostile). So I have to live in fear that my child might be attacked every time we are there.

As far as basing our opinion on personal experience or direct knowledge, that isn't enough. "My dog would never hurt anyone! It hasn't so far!" Sorry, the world is much bigger than our little realm of personal experience and direct knowledge. That is why we have books and statistics and written evidence of the experiences of others. Just because Indiana doesn't have a tsunami doesn't mean they don't exist; the news tells us they do. Just because a person's dog hasn't bit someone YET does not mean that it NEVER will.

At the end of the day, all I'm asking is for people to accept the responsibility for their dog, and for real safeguards, and for consequences for the owner when their dog hurts someone or roams freely (which isn't legal anyway, and therefore, by definition, irresponsible).

But to say I am being hostile because I disagree with you, doesn't change the facts of what is happening.

-- Posted by localgal on Sat, Apr 9, 2011, at 10:04 AM

Well said Oldtown!!

-- Posted by localgal on Sat, Apr 9, 2011, at 10:08 AM

I am a Bruiser fan. Straight up everytime I have seen him he's laid back and on his property. ON HIS CHAIN! He has no thumbs so someone let him off his chain. Now as for the kids they have thumbs and are generally on the neighbors property,in the street or in general just NOT SUPERVISED.

I love pets and people BUT, If they hadn't of been there it never would of happened. The dog is kept on his property and under control. Would of been nice if the kids were.

Just heresay, But the boys dad yelling I'll own your house for this to bruisiers owners was pathetic..He should of been worried about his kid,Not His Wallet!!! signed Bruisier's Fan Club

Cause he stays home like a good Dog!

-- Posted by Cardonia Redneck on Sat, Apr 9, 2011, at 5:25 PM

And Please localgal---An Accident is an accident.

-- Posted by Cardonia Redneck on Sat, Apr 9, 2011, at 5:29 PM

Lets be real here.....

If Bruiser wanted to kill this child he could have easily done it. I agree that the parents should have been supervising their children and since the dog was on a chain his "parents" WERE being responsible......

It's a shame that the kids had to go thru that kind of trauma but maybe they will stay in their OWN yard.......

-- Posted by cominatcha on Sat, Apr 9, 2011, at 6:23 PM

ALLEGED! Ok a 9" gash from the hairline on his forehead to the crown bone deep, Right eyelid almost ripped off and a fracture to the (R) eye socket,Many punctures to his torso. That takes care of the ALLEGED.

I was outside and my dogs were outside.I didnt witness the attack. My boys were not in this dogs area. I am not against the breed of dogs I am shure that all Mastiffs are visious. My Aussie / labs are well loved , trained and socialized. The neighbors Pit plays with my boys. (He was NOT) outside at the time of the attack and my dogs are not large enough to fit my sons torso in their mouths.

A relative had a miniture Poodle that was the meanest dog I ever met , she would attack a full grown man. I have seen Rotweilers that were as sweet as kittens. I have met people that one day will be a good friend then the next day want to kick your $$$. Its not the breed its the way the dog is raised.

Yes I do believe that there should have been more research done before the article was printed. The article that I gave the reporter was the heroics of my 2 oldest sons in rescuing my youngest son.A 12 and an 11 year old boys beat on and pried open the jaws of a 200 pound dog. If they werent there I can only think of what could have happened.


-- Posted by maxmonce on Sun, Apr 10, 2011, at 12:11 AM