Disabled elderly woman with cancer mauled to death by family dog: Police

A 77-year-old Michigan woman was reportedly killed by one of three pit bulls while home alone on Tuesday night.

According to the News and Tribune, relatives found Sharon Lee Daniels dead upon returning home at 7 p.m. Police said they believe one of the dogs had unexplainedly bit her multiple times, resulting in her death.

Multiple dog bites coupled with some underlying health issues contributed to that being a fatal accident,” Michigan State Police Lieutenant Matthew Kanitz said Wednesday, according to WOOD.

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Police said Daniels was missing a leg, had cancer, and required the use of a wheelchair. An autopsy to determine her cause of death is pending.

The news station reported that the three dogs were described as pit bulls and there’s no indication the dogs were aggressive or had previous issues.

Kanitz told The Grand Rapids Press, “The dogs were known to her and she was known to them.”

A family friend confirmed to WOOD that the dogs belonged to one of Daniels’ relatives.

It’s unclear what led to Tuesday’s fatal attack. Newaygo County Animal Control has reportedly seized the three dogs and they’re currently being held at Newaygo County Animal Shelter.

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[Featured image: Sharon Lee Daniels/WOOD video screengrab]