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

Update: names released in deadly dog attack

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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