71-year-old woman dies after pit bull attack in Shaker Heights

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SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — An elderly woman who was attacked by a dog in Shaker Heights Sunday has died, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Shaker Heights police said a woman was attacked by a pit bull at about 2 p.m. Sunday on Pennington Road.

A neighbor who witnessed the attack shot the dog and when police arrived, they found the wounded animal and killed it.

The victim, 71-year-old Annie L. Williams, of Cleveland, was taken to South Pointe Hospital, where she died Sunday evening.

Relatives said Williams was with her 13 -year-old granddaughter at the time of the attack, picking up two of her great granddaughters from their father’s home.

“The dog immediately skipped a step and jumped off and attacked my grandma,” Secunda Starr said, adding that the pit bull was on the home’s front stoop.

“I was thinking, ‘Oh my gosh,’ I can’t lose her,” she said. “I was trying my hardest to pull the dog off, but I was just in shock for a moment.”

Relatives said the same dog had recently attacked another dog at the home and was bound to attack again.

“I want justice, the people responsible to accept responsibility,” said Tequila Williams, another granddaughter.

Family members said Williams was retired from University Hospitals and working part-time at McDonald’s where customers called her the “french fry lady” because her french fries were so good. She was also active in her church.

“I’m just so sorry this happened to her. She was a beautiful woman and didn’t deserve to die this way,” Williams said. “I know she’s at peace now. I pray that while being attacked by this dog that she wasn’t in pain long.”

The incident remains under investigation and the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine cause of death.

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