OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A large pit bull broke out of a crate and fatally mauled a 60-year-old woman at a north Oklahoma City apartment, police said Thursday.
An officer who arrived at the apartment just before noon Wednesday shot the animal because police couldn’t get it back in its crate and it was trying to attack emergency responders, police Capt. Dexter Nelson said.
Police identified the victim as Nellie Davis, who lived at the apartment with her granddaughter, who owned two pit bulls.
Nelson said police received a frantic call from the granddaughter, who told a dispatcher that she returned home to find that one of her two pit bulls had attacked and killed her grandmother. He said the dog apparently broke the lock on its crate and got out.
“This particular dog had problems with thunderstorms and lightning and that type of thing, so the dog became quite unstable and upset,” Nelson said. “She died a very horrific death.”
Nelson said homicide detectives were investigating, but he doesn’t expect police will recommend criminal charges.