Southern Ohio grandmother fatally mauled by dog in front of 2-year-old grandson

MADISON TOWNSHIP, Ohio -  A family dog mauled a grandmother to death in front of her 2-year-old grandson Monday afternoon.

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. "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 she (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 the call of 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.

Cindy Whisman was bit multiple times in the face, neck and body, according to the sheriff's office. Julie Wiseman confirmed her son and another dog were in the backyard when the attack occurred.

She identified both dogs as pit bulls.

“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 it. The pit bull was taken to the Butler County Animal Friends Humane Society.

No prior incidents involving the dogs had been reported at the Eck Road home, deputies said.

Julie Whisman will have the option to go through a hearing process to get the dog back. If she does not file an appeal the dog will be euthanized after the sheriff's investigation is complete, the sheriff's office 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 .

An earlier version of this story identified Cindy Whisman as the owner of the dog who attacked her.

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