Suzanne Story, 36, died in her Snug Harbor home after the dog attacked her Wednesday afternoon.
Story’s family said she got the dog from Virginia for free after spotting an advertisement in a newspaper. Her stepfather Randy Brown said that the pit bull’s previous owners told her it was well behaved and good with young children.
“I think they had a problem with the dog and didn’t know how to handle it, and they were just trying to get rid of it, and they did,” Brown told 13 News Now, noting that the move resulted in a death.
“I just think that the people that pawned the dog off on these people need to be held responsible,” he added.