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Dog who killed woman's mother might not be put down

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Update 8/7/14: According to WHIO News, the dog's owner has decided to relinquish custody of Polo and he will be put down.

According to Wednesday's publication of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the six-year-old dog who fatally mauled an Ohio woman earlier this week, might not be put down.

On Monday afternoon, the dog, named "Polo," attacked 59-year-old Cindy Whisman at her home in Madison Township - according to Julie Whisman, the dog's owner and daughter of the victim, prior to Monday's attack, her dog had never shown any signs of aggression towards anyone.

Whisman is conflicted with regards to the fate of her dog - she is devastated that her mother, who she describes as her best friend, died because of her dog's actions and she is in a state of disbelief because her dog behaved so out of character.

Whisman told AJC.com:

My dog has never shown aggression towards her. He always sat at her feet...licked on her. I just don't know where this came from. What happened?

After Cindy Whisman's death, Polo was removed from the home and taken to the Butler County Animal Friends Humane Society. Staff at the facility noted that the dog, who is believed to be a Presa Canario mix, showed aggressive behavior when he was removed from the home and also, towards the animals that he walked by at the animal control.

If Julie Whisman decides to relinquish her ownership of Polo, he will be euthanized. As of right now, there have been no charges issued. The investigation into Monday's attack remains under investigation.

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