The brother of a young boy who was attacked by a dog at the weekend has said he hopes he will be able to talk again but "we don't know for sure".

Raul Miszan said his nine-year-old brother Alejandro currently communicates by writing or making signs, after his lip was bitten off during the attack in Co Wexford on Sunday.

Alejandro also suffered multiple other injuries.

"His face - destroyed. His legs, his tummy, everything is destroyed," Raul told RTÉ's Today with Claire Byrne.

Gardaí and emergency services were called to the scene of the incident in Enniscorthy, where it is understood Alejandro was attacked by a dog belonging to a neighbour while playing on a green with friends.

Neighbours managed to pull the dog off the boy.

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The dog, described by Wexford County Council as a pitbull cross, has been put down.

In a statement, the council said: "Following a very serious attack on a young boy by a pitbull cross [now deceased] in Enniscorthy on Sunday, two other dogs are now in the possession of the council."

Raul said his family is heartbroken and in shock. He said he is always beside his brother's side because he knows he will feel better if he sees him for the brief times he is awake.

"He likes to talk to everybody, he is just a very friendly child," Raul said.

"His family - we are in bits, everybody is heartbroken."

Alejandro Miszan is being treated in hospital for his injuries
Nine-year-old Alejandro is being treated in hospital for his injuries

Raul said it was very difficult to stop the dog but he understands that a neighbour hit it with a baseball bat until the attack stopped.

That man is a hero, Raul said.

"God bless the man's family that helped my brother get out of the dog's mouth. He's a hero."

Raul said doctors told his family they had "never seen anything like this before".

He urged parents to be aware of dogs and exercise caution, saying he does not want anyone to feel the way his family are feeling now.

Raul (R) said Alejandro (L) is "a very friendly child"

A fundraising page has been set up to help Alejandro and his family.

A man aged in his 20s was arrested this morning under the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

He is being questioned in relation to the incident at Enniscorthy Garda Station.

Gardaí say they are continuing to investigate all the circumstances of the incident.

Responding to criticism of the enforcement of rules for dogs on the restricted list, which include wearing a muzzle, the Department for Rural and Community Development said local authorities have "operational responsibility" in relation to the control of dogs.

In a statement the Department said it is "liaising with Wexford County Council, who are in turn working with An Garda Síochána in relation to this incident".

"This Department is committed to working with all agencies and relevant Departments to strengthen the issue of dog control and promote responsible dog ownership."

The statement concluded: "We extend our thoughts to Alejandro, his family, friends and local community at this extremely difficult time."