Graphic video footage shows a man rushing to save a 6-year-old boy from a raging pit bull.
The incident unfolded in Conroe, Texas last week.
Mason, the boy, was playing outside his house with friends when the dog got loose from a nearby house and rushed over, biting the boy’s head.
Grant Brown, 19, who lives nearby, sprinted over and distracted the dog, leading to the canine chasing Brown and allowing Mason to escape into his house.
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“As soon as I noticed I just ran over there without thinking and I didn’t know how, but I knew I had to get the dog off of the boy,” Brown told KPRC.
Brown was eventually caught by the dog, who jumped on top of him as he stumbled and fell.
“The dog was on top of me before I knew it and I knew I had to keep his mouth away from me,” Brown said. He wrestled with the dog and was soon able to get back on his feet and run away. He suffered puncture wounds to his hand.
The dog was surrendered to the Montgomery County Animal Control and the owner of the dog was cited, the outlet reported. According to Inside Edition, the dog was put down.
I saw this last night on “Inside Edition”. VERY scary! First the dog attacks a SIX year old, knocks him down and clamps down on his HEAD…THEN, when this HERO distracts the monster dog to chase HIM, the dog DOES, knocking HIM down,… https://t.co/jbMk57anu9
— Cheryl M (@Am2Much) July 26, 2019
Rushed to Hospital
Mason entered his house covered in blood.
“I opened the door and see my son standing there with blood covering his head, neck, and arms. I checked him over very quickly and realized it was a cut to the back of his head,” Jillian Lindeman, Mason’s mother, told CNN.
“He was just very scared, really shook up,” the mom told Inside Edition. “I could see how terrified he was.”
She rushed Mason to a nearby hospital. He got four staples to close the wound.
This young man is awesomehttps://t.co/V01UBHKeOh
— R C Taylor (@littlenewsnetwk) July 27, 2019
Brown’s mother, Crystal Waddel, watched the situation unfold from their home.
“I’m really really proud of him for just taking action to help the young kid,” she told CNN.
A video from Inside Edition captured the first time Brown and Mason met after what happened. Brown gave Mason a stuffed dog, telling the boy, “I’m glad you’re OK.”
Lindeman called Brown a hero.
“I don’t think I’m a hero,” Brown said. “I just did the right thing.”
Grant Brown heard screams nearby and looked up to see a dog attacking 6-year-old Mason Lindeman, who was been playing outside his Conroe, Texas, home. The 19-year-old sprang into action to help rescue the boy, and his heroic actions were captured on video. https://t.co/Hepj7t35K7
— CNN (@CNN) July 24, 2019
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 20 percent of people who get bitten by a dog require medical attention. The agency said that “any dog can bite.”
“Children are more likely than adults to be bitten by a dog, and when they are, the injuries can be more severe. Over half of dog bite injuries occur at home with dogs that are familiar to us. Having a dog in the household is linked to a higher likelihood of being bitten than not having a dog,” it stated.
“As the number of dogs in the home increases, so does the likelihood of being bitten. Adults with two or more dogs in the household are five times more likely to be bitten than those living without dogs at home. Among adults, men are more likely than women to be bitten by a dog.”
People should always ask if it is okay to pet someone else’s dog before trying to pet it; remain motionless if approached by an unfamiliar dog; and curl into a ball if attacked by a dog.
People should not run from a dog, panic or make loud noises, disturb a dog that is sleeping or eating, or let small children play unsupervised with a dog.