A three-year-old girl has died after being mauled by a pit bull – just five days after her dad bought the dog from a pal.
Rylee Marie was at home with her gran in Oklahoma when her new pet, called Remington, attacked her on Sunday.
She later died from her injuries.
Police shot and killed the dog when they arrived on the scene.
The girl’s dad, Jason Dodge told ABC 7 News how his mother was watching Rylee at his home while he went to visit his brother.
Dodge said he got a phone call, and all he heard were the words “daughter” and “dog” before he raced home to find his little girl had been attacked.
“I picked her up and carried her, I ran out the front door, and I threw her in the passenger seat (of my truck),’ he said.
“I went to go to the hospital and then the ambulance came. They took her out of my truck.”
But it was too late for Rylee Marie.
There was nothing they could do, absolutely nothing,’ Dodge said, of the Emergency Medical Services team and the doctors who tried to save her at the hospital.
Police got the call about the attack at around 3 pm Central.
When police arrived on the scene, the dog charged an officer, who then shot and killed the dog, OK News reported.
Dodge said he told officers to kill the pet.
“I was like, ‘Kill this dog. Just shoot it down or I will’.
“And he did, he shot it in the back yard.”
Dodge got the dog from a friend last week, he said, and had had it in the house for five days.
“I was very cautious about it because 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, gave him a hug, licked him on the face.
Two days later his daughter was killed by the dog.
“I’m just too depressed right now to talk much more. I just miss her so much.”
He also shared his feelings on social media.
He posted on facebook:
“Really missing you Rylee Marie dodge! I’m so sorry this happened to you baby girl. I know I promised you I’d never let anything happen to you and I failed at it. I will always love you, that’s a promise. I’ll never let up! Miss you baby girl you’re my everything baby girl. Daddy really wishes you was here!! I don’t know what I’m going to do without that beautiful smile and my kisses an hugs. Love you, R.IP. Rylee Marie.”
ABC 7 said an investigation is underway.