Broken Bow man mauled to death by dogs

BROKEN BOW, Okla. (KXII) - Deputies with the McCurtain County Sheriffs department said they were called to home just before 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon, after a mail carrier saw 79-year-old Cledith Davenport laying in a ditch, and called for help.

Deputies say it happened on Canoe Road, near east 20-43 in Broken Bow. First responders from Broken Bow Fire, McCurtain County EMS and Game Wardens all responded. Game Warden reports say a blue-heeler mix dog approached them barking. They say an additional 8 to 10 dogs came running, with red-stained fur. Aaron Davenport, Davenport's son, and his wife say they want stricter laws in place,.so there can be justice for his death.

"Just to keep people safe," said Davenport. "So this doesn't happen to anybody else - because I promise you, nobody wants to go through what we're going through right now."

Deputies said four of the dogs were taken to the pound for quarantine. Idabel police took another four to their city pound. Deputies say the official cause of Davenport's death is unknown, and are awaiting autopsy results.