OKC dog owner charged after elderly woman's death

5/10/2017 - Oklahoma City, OK -- The owner of two dogs responsible for the horrific mauling death of an 82-year-old woman has been criminally charged with second-degree manslaughter.

Antwon Demetris Burks, 31, of Oklahoma City, was formally charged today with one felony count of manslaughter in the second degree.

Prosecutors allege that Burks owned two large pit bull terriers that had a history of escaping their poorly fenced backyard and being aggressive towards other individuals and pets in the area.

On April 6, 82-year-old great grandmother Cecille Short was walking her small breed dog in the neighborhood when she and her dog were attacked and eventually killed by Burk's dogs.

The attack was witnessed by area residence who were helpless to render aid due to the aggressive nature of the dogs.

Police were called to the 11600 block of Windmill Road (near NW 122nd and Council) around 1:50 p.m.

Police reportedly arrived to a grisly scene and were forced to shoot both dogs when they would not allow rescue personnel to approach Short. One of the dogs died at the scene, while the other was taken to a veterinary hospital.

Investigators found a large hole in the fence around Burks' backyard. Court documents indicate the damage to the fence appears to be old and that someone had stacked items in front of the hole in a vain attempt to secure it.

A probable cause affidavit indicates that neighbors told investigators that Burks' dogs had been an issue for some time and that some neighbors had called police and animal control in the past.

If convicted, Burks faces up to four years in prison.