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."