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Grandmother attacked and killed by dog

MADISON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- A dog attacked a grandmother and killed her Monday afternoon as her 2-year-old grandson watched.

The dog attacked Cindy Whisman, 59, just after 1 p.m. in her backyard on Eck Road. Her 2-year-old grandson was in the backyard with her and her husband was in the house. Neither one was hurt.

"She was a great, sweet loving lady who would do anything for anybody," said Julie Whisman, the dog owner and Cindy's daughter.

Whisman said she's in shock. She can't believe her pit bull, Polo, attacked and killed her mother.

"Never been vicious toward anybody. Never attacked anybody. It doesn't sound like something my dog would do," Whisman said.

A concerned neighbor called 911 screaming. She ran to neighbor Wayne Walker for help. He grabbed his walking stick and went to the yard but it was too late. Cindy Whisman was dead.

"When I got close the red dog started at me or by me. But when it got close enough I hit him with this and whenever I hit him he yelped and took off running straight into the house," Walker said.

Julie Whisman lived with her parents, her son and her two dogs.
Max Webster of the Cincinnati Pit Crew - a pit bull advocacy group - said certain things can serve as a trigger for a dog to attack.
"Typically an act of aggression, which would be what this would be, is something that's fear-related. Afraid that they're going to lose a resource or they're in a situation where they're panicked," Webster said.

No one knows what caused Polo to attack and Whisman's family may never know. Julie Whisman said her dog had a good relationship with her mother, who was also her best friend.

"She was a great, sweet loving lady who would do anything for anybody. She loved her grandson more than you will ever know," Whisman said.

The Butler County Sheriff removed two dogs from the home. Both are at Animal Friends Humane Society in Butler County. A hearing will be held to determine whether the dog that attacked was vicious. A judge will determine whether it will be euthanized.

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