Perquimans Co. mom fatally mauled by her new dog

HERTFORD, N.C. (WTVD) -- Authorities say a mother of two in Perquimans County has died after being mauled by her dog at her home.

WVEC reports that 36-year-old Suzanne Story was attacked by a female pit bull Wednesday afternoon and died just as a medical crew from Norfolk landed to take her to a hospital.

Story's stepfather, Randy Brown, says Story adopted the dog about a week ago in Virginia after seeing it advertised in a newspaper. Brown says the people who had the dog told her it was well behaved.

"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 WVEC. "Found somebody that would take it, and ended up with a death."

Story's mother, Debbie Brown, says the attack began when her daughter was cleaning the dog's crate. Story's sister also suffered unspecified injuries.

Story leaves behind 15-year-old and 17-year-old daughters.

Perquimans County Sheriff Eric Tilley says animal control officers were scheduled to euthanize the dog Thursday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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