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Dog owner says pit bull should be put down
Grandson, 2, watched backyard attack.
Woman found dead in her backyard
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Polo, the pit bull who mauled a 59-year-old Cindy Whisman in front of her 2-year-old grandson.
MADISON TWP., OHIO. AUGUST 4, 2014 -- A woman was allegedly killed by her dog Monday shortly after noon. (Photo by WCPO reporter Shannon Kettler)
MADISON TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- No charges have been filed against the owner of a dog that mauled a woman to death in front of her 2-year-old grandson Monday afternoon. Authorities say charges could come at a later date.
Butler County Sheriff's deputies said they found 59-year-old Cindy Whisman dead in the backyard of her daughter's house in the 4700 block of Eck Road at about 1:10 p.m. The department received a 911 call from a neighbor who witnessed the attack at 1:03 p.m.
"As far as I know, my neighbor told me she saw her and the dog outside," said Julie Whisman, Cindy Whisman's daughter and owner of the dog. "She thought they were playing back and forth like this, then all of a sudden she saw her on the ground and kept saying 'Polo, Polo,' because that was the dog's name, and she was rolling over, so (the neighbor) called 911 and then she didn't see her no more."
Julie Whisman said her mother was at her home watching her son. She received a call about the attack while at work.
Cindy Whisman was mauled to death by a family dog Monday afternoon while watching her 2-year-old grandson pictured here.
Another neighbor, Wayne Walker, said he ran into Whisman's backyard and beat the dog back with his walking stick, but Cindy Whisman was already dead.
"Whenever I hit him, he yelped and took off running straight into their house," Walker said. "I looked at (Cindy Whisman)... she's gone."
Cindy Whisman was bitten multiple times in the face, neck and body, according to the sheriff's office. Julie Whisman confirmed her son and another dog were in the backyard when the attack occurred.
She identified both dogs as pit bulls, and said she owned the one who attacked Cindy since he was a puppy.
"It just doesn't add up to me," Julie Whisman said. "My son could sit on him, lay on him."
Cindy Whisman's family said she and her grandson were almost inseparable.
"She was my best friend, she was the greatest person to me," Julie said of Cindy.
She said even though the little boy was just feet away from the terrible attack, her young son seemed to be holding up, and was doing okay Monday evening.
“These type of tragedies are happening way too often, family pet or not," said Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones.
Once on the scene, deputies and an assistant dog warden were able to subdue Polo without killing him. The pit bull was taken to the Butler County Animal Friends Humane Society.
On Wednesday, Julie Whisman signed ownership of Polo to the humane society. Authorities say he will likely be euthanized.
In cases of dog maulings, the dog's owner typically has the option to appeal to keep the animal. Julie Whisman said she had no desire to take Polo back.
No prior incidents involving the dogs had been reported at the Eck Road home, deputies said.
A WCPO analysis of neighboring Hamilton County Health Department data showed 38 bite incidents involving pit bulls or pit bull mix breeds as of May 11, 2014. The data showed 74 total pit bull bite incidents reported in 2013.
To see a complete interactive of dog bites view the interactive report here .