A preteen girl rescued her younger brother as he was being mauled by a pit bull at the family home in Prunedale Monday, authorities reported. The attack occurred just after 5 p.m. as the child was playing outside his home at 110 Crazy Horse Canyon Road, authorities said.
The dog was dragging the child in its mouth, but the girl was able to pry the dog’s mouth open and release him, authorities said, adding that the boy suffered moderate injuries.
Firefighters arrived on the scene and managed to keep the dog to the far side of the property using a fire extinguisher, said North Monterey County Fire Department Capt. Humberto Arista.
Sheriff’s deputies then came and secured the animal, placing it in quarantine, said Arista.
The child was treated at the scene and taken to Natividad Medical Center. He suffered puncture wounds to the face.
It was not known who owned the dog, authorities said.