OKLAHOMA CITY – A frantic 911 call came in around 9:30 Saturday night from the 700 block of N.E. 29th Street.
“Ma’am, we need police over here. What’s the address? Quickly!” the calling party told dispatch. “There’s four big *** pit bulls killing this girl. They’re killing this woman, and we’re trying to get them off her.”
Neighbors were frantic as they watched the horrific scene unfold on their street.
“Eating the hell out of her. They had her just like lions,” said Felix Willis. “They were all over her.”
“Yeah, there’s blood all over the place,” the caller told dispatch. “And, these dogs have tasted it, and they ain’t listening to ****.”
“They was just ripping her apart… Pulling her skin from everywhere,” said Butch Alford. “She was hollering for me, but told her let me get something first.”
Alford grabbed a stick and a bat and ran back to try to help. That’s when one of the dogs turned on him.
“I had to wrestle the big one down, the big pit of all of them, wrapped and held it down,” Alford said.
Alford ended up with bites on his leg, arm and back but said, if he hadn’t intervened, he believes the victim, 54-year-old Terri Cosby, would’ve died right there in the street.
“I had to get their attention. That’s the only thing that kept them from killing her the way they was doing it,” Alford said. “They was just snatching meat off of her.”
Police finally arrived and shot and killed two of the animals. They shot and wounded a third and took a fourth into custody after it ran back into its house.
“All I saw was just pow pow pow pow pow pow pow pow. It was like Vietnam,” Willis said. “Even they shot them, they still was trying to kill them. They were just enraged.”
“It was a freak accident. Sorry. I mean everybody’s heartfelt for this lady,” said Fred Holmes. “She lost a arm, possibly a leg.”
Holmes’ estranged wife lives in the house with the dogs. He said plumbers had come over to do some work in the backyard and accidentally left the gate open, allowing the dogs to get out.
“I feel bad for anybody that get attacked, especially if you lose a limb or something. That’s all. I mean there’s no more really you could say,” Holmes said. “To the family, we apologize.”
Other residents on the street said there have been problems with the dogs before.
Cosby was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Friends tell us one of her arms had to be amputated and one of her legs may have to be as well.
Police are investigating and said their information will be turned over to the district attorney’s office to determine if any charges will be filed.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for Cosby’s medical expenses.