Kentucky Woman Mauled to Death by 2 Pit Bulls, Husband Injured

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Update: names released in deadly dog attack
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26 December, 2017

Officials said that Bethany Stephens was killed by her two pit bulls while she was walking in Goochland County, Virginia, last week.

The Bell County Sheriff's Office says in a statement on Facebook that the attack occurred Sunday along state Route 66.

The Bell County Sheriff's Department said it received a call at 10:20 a.m. Highway 66 in the Wiser Branch area of Arjay about the dog attack.

Authorities said 42-year-old Johnny Dale Lankford was already behind bars at the Bell County Detention Center for a different incident that saw him charged with Second Degree Assault, domestic violence and unlawful imprisonment on a $25,000 bond. "That's what she was doing this morning and two dogs attacked her while she was doing that".

"They were just a super nice couple and I can't even begin to put myself in his shoes, it's overwhelming the circumstances and what he found", said Steele.

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When deputies arrived, they found the couple had been "savagely attacked by two pit bulls". "She was just a sweetheart" said Steele. The woman died from her injuries, and the man was transported to Pineville Community Hospital.

The Bell County Sheriff's department confirmed to WYMT a woman was killed following a dog attack.

The toddler had entered a fenced enclosure which housed two pit bull dogs when the creatures started attacking him. One can get in touch with Bell County Dispatch at 606-337-6174 or simply dial 911 if one happens to come across the crippled creature.

The name of the woman and her husband (who survived) will be released at a later time by Bell County Coroner Jay Steele after family members have been notified.

An autopsy on Saylor is scheduled for this week.


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