60-year-old Nellie Davis was mauled on Wednesday, in an attack by the family pitbull terrier, in Oklahoma city. Her injuries were fatal.
Mrs. Davis had moved into her daughter's house, following her heart transplant surgery, WTVR
reports. Her operation had taken place just a few weeks before relocating to N.W. 122nd St. and Penn. Ave.
The victim was found by her granddaughter in a puddle of blood, the marks on her body suggesting a vicious attack by one of the large pitbull terriers owned by the family.
Grieving husband Cleveland Davis explained, with a “heavy heart,” that the woman's health condition following her surgery was delicate, and she had been feeling weak and ill for a while.
“She had a long illness, from Mother’s Day until a month ago, and finally she had a chance to come home,” Mr. Davis said.
“She’s always been there for me,” the man added.
Police suspect that the pitbull became aggressive because of weather conditions. A thunderstorm had hit Oklahoma that night, possibly causing the enraged animal to violently attack the senior. Homicide detectives are still investigating the death of the woman, to eliminate the possibility of foul play.
Officers arriving at the scene struggled with containing the animal, but managed to fight him off and lock him into a room, after he had previously broken the locks on the door and escaped.
“The dog had broken the door so they couldn’t contain him to the kennel. They tried to wedge things in the door to keep the dog in,” OKC Police Captain Dexter Nelson said.
First responders described the scene of the crime as “gruesome” and “horrific.”
“You have to understand, the scene was quite gruesome. [...] The lady died a horrific death,” Police Captain Dexter said.