(Meredith) – An Oklahoma father said he is distraught after his 3-year-old daughter was mauled to death by a dog the family owned for less than a week.
Jason Dodge said his mother was watching his little girl, Rylee Marie, on Sunday when he received an alarming phone call, KFOR-TV reported.
“I got the phone call, you know. ‘Your daughter and the dog,’ that’s all I heard,” he told the news station.
He rushed home and found his mother on top of the pit bull and his daughter lying on the bed with severe injuries.
Dodge said he grabbed his daughter and ran out the door, as an ambulance was pulling into their driveway.
Doctors tried to save Rylee, who eventually passed away at the hospital. The 3-year-old died of multiple sharp and blunt force injuries to her head and neck, said Amy Elliot, a spokeswoman for the state Medical Examiner’s Officer.
“She was just so chewed up, I mean there’s just no coming back from that,” Dodge said. “The doctors did everything they could. They tried to give her blood and everything, and she’d just passed.”
A responding officer with the Duncan Police Department shot and killed the dog in the family’s backyard, according to KSWO-TV.
Dodge said the pit bull named Remington had only lived with them for five days before attacking his daughter.
"I was very cautious about it,” he told KSWO. “I don't just bring random dogs into my home. I took my son over there and the dog didn't attack him. It loved him and gave him a hug and licked him in the face and everything.”
The grieving father said there are so many things he will never forget about his daughter, like her smile.
“I mean there is so much I could talk about, but I’m just too depressed right now to talk much more. But I miss her so much,” Dodge said.
The family has created a GoFundMe page to help pay for Rylee’s funeral expenses.
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