An elderly woman has died in India after getting brutally attacked by her own pit bull.

The 82-year-old woman, identified as Sushila Tripathi, from Lucknow, a city in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, was mauled by her pit bull while she was alone at her home Tuesday. She was later found lying in a pool of blood and rushed to the hospital, where she eventually succumbed to her injuries, Times Now reported.

The victim, a retired school teacher, lived with her younger son and her two pet dogs, including the one that attacked her. Locals claimed that the canine had not been known to be aggressive prior to the incident. What exactly provoked it remains unknown.

"When we heard the old lady crying for help, we rushed out to their door but it was locked from inside and the woman was found lying in a pool of blood. We tried to open the door but it was locked. We immediately informed her son," a neighbor told the police, as per the outlet.

According to the autopsy report, the victim suffered multiple deep wounds from the neck to the abdomen and her legs then died from severe blood loss. The injuries on her body indicated that the dog had sunk its teeth and torn the flesh apart.

Meanwhile, the officials said they are currently investigating if the family had a license to keep a pit bull. "Our team went to the house to check if the family had a license to keep the pit bull dog as a pet. But because the house was locked it could not be ascertained," Dr. Abhinav Verma, a veterinary officer in charge of the investigation, was quoted by Outlook as saying.

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A 24-year-old New York City man filed a lawsuit against an animal shelter last month after he was brutally mauled by his adopted dog a day after he took it home. Anthony Pavone, who hails from Staten Island, lost a chunk of muscle on his right arm after the dog, a boxer pit bull mix, attacked him unexpectedly. He sued the Animal Care Center of NYC for setting the vicious canine up for adoption without screening it first.