A 3-year-old girl from Duncan, Oklahoma was mauled to death by the family dog on Sunday. Her father Jason Dodge brought the dog, a pit bull named Remington, home just five days before the attack.
“I was very cautious about it because I don't just bring around dogs into my home,” Dodge told KSWO. He said that he observed the dog playing just fine with his young son. Remington reportedly hugged and licked the boy, leading Dodge to believe that the dog was friendly.
Dodge was visiting a relative when he received a frantic call from his mother that something went horribly wrong. She told him that Remington attacked his daughter Rylee Marie. Dodge told KSWO he rushed home to find his mother on top of the dog, trying desperately to stop Remington from further hurting little Rylee. Dodge’s mother, Rylee’s grandmother, was injured during the attack.
“And, when I came in the house, my mom was laying on the dog and she was just all bloody. I mean she was trying her best to get the dog off my daughter. My daughter was just there laying on the bed, just limp. My mom was right there when it happened. There is literally blood all through the house.”
Rylee was rushed to a nearby hospital but it was too late. She passed away from her injuries.
“There was nothing they could do, absolutely nothing,” Dodge told KSWO.
Remington was put down by the Duncan Police Department in the Dodge home. Dodge told the police to shoot him.
“I was like, kill this dog. Shoot it down, or I will and he [an officer] did. He shot him in the backyard.”
Rylee reportedly loved animals. That love for animals, tragically, may have lead up to her death.
"She was just so chewed up, I mean, there is just no coming back from that,” the grieving father said, according to News9.