Pit Bull Mauls Ohio Grandmother, 71, To Death

Annie L. Williams, 71, was attacked for an agonizing 10 minutes by a pit bull in front of a Shaker Heights, Ohio, home on Sunday. The attack occurred in the 3600 block of Pennington Road. Neighbors unsuccessfully attempted to pull the dog off of the woman, and one shot the dog. The pit bull then retreated to the backyard, according to Cleveland. It’s not clear why the dog attacked the woman, who succumbed to her injuries.

Darlene White, a neighbor two doors away, was awakened from a nap by blood-curdling screams at 2 p.m. on the afternoon Sunday when Williams was mauled. She looked out her window to see what was happening and saw the attack. White said that the dog belonged to a grandchild of Williams and was usually chained out in back of the grandchild’s home. White, 45, recalling the horrific attack, only had one thing to say.

“All I know is there was blood everywhere. He did a nasty job.”

Paramedics performed CPR on Williams, who was transported to South Pointe Hospital. She died at the hospital from her injuries. The police are investigating the dog attack, and it’s not clear whether the dog’s owner will face any charges. Police are awaiting results of the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office.

At least two people called 911 to report the attack. When police arrived on the scene, they fired three gun shots that were heard, and killed the dog, according to the Daily Mail.

White is still shaken up over the bloody attack she witnessed and noted that there are several children that live on the street where it occurred.

“So many people are worried it could have been a child.”

Unfortunately, some dogs are aggressive either because of their breeding, the way they are raised, or both. And pit bulls often have a bad rap. But many are just sweet family pets. Some have even been heroic and saved their owner or others. Jamie Kraczkowski’s pit bull, named Isis, defended her against a violent physical attacked by her drunk boyfriend, Jamie Dopke. Dogs truly can be our best friend and save people in many ways, as Isis literally saved Jamie. Krackzkowski said that the dog realized that she was being abused and saved her, according to an article in the Inquisitr. There was even a ban on pit bulls in Hazel Park, Michigan, where Isis lives. The ban had been in place since 2013, but was lifted after Isis showed how great the breed can be.

What do you think of pit bulls as pets? Do you believe that the ban should be in place or that each dog should be individually considered? Please leave your comments below.

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