OKLAHOMA CITY -- A 60-year-old Oklahoma City woman is mauled to death by a family pit bull.
The vicious animal attack took place Wednesday night at an apartment complex near N.W. 122nd St. and Penn. Ave.
The victim's granddaughter came home to the absolutely horrific scene.
Nellie Davis recently moved in with her granddaughter following a heart transplant and subsequent illness.
"She had a long illness, from Mother's Day until a month ago, and finally she had a chance to come home," the victim's husband, Cleveland Davis, Sr., said.
Wednesday night's thunder storm apparently sparked a family Pit bull to turn violent and maul Davis to death.
"You know, I have a heavy heart. She's always been there for me," Cleveland Davis said.
"You have to understand, the scene was quite gruesome, OKC Police Capt. Dexter Nelson said. "The lady died a horrific death."
When police officers first arrived at the apartment complex, they struggled to contain the Pit bull.
"The dog had broke the door so they couldn't contain him to the kennel. They tried to wedge things in the door to keep the dog in," Nelson said.
Captain Nelson said that left officers with little choice except to put down the enraged animal.
"They were fearful the dog would attack while they were trying to investigate the scene," Nelson said.
"Pit bulls need to be in the right setting; they can't be kept in a cramped little bitty apartment," neighbor Kenny Reeves said.
Neighbors said the two Pit bulls being kept in the apartment had a history of violence.
"I can tell you it's not uncommon, issues with the dogs," Reeves said. "The cops had been called before for the dogs fighting."
"A week ago the dogs were fighting. You could hear people yelling at 'em," April Reeves said.
For his part, Cleveland hopes his wife of more than 30 years is remembered for more than just how she died.
"I really want everyone to know she was a strong lady and a proud lady," Davis said. "She never complained although she went through so much."
Homicide detectives are investigating the death; it's unclear if criminal charges will be filed.
In the meantime, the patrol division is also looking into whether officers were justified in shooting the animal.