Pitbull put down after fatal attack in Bell County, Kentucky

A woman was killed and her husband seriously hurt after two pit bulls mauled them on Christmas Eve
Kentucky woman killed 'savagely' in dog attack identified
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26 December, 2017

Police said the dogs belonged to 42-year-old Johnny Lankford, who at the time of the attack was being held in the Bell County Detention Center for assault, domestic violence, unlawful imprisonment and a bench warrant.

Deputies gave the following timeline of the events of the attack as they unfolded: Early Christmas Eve morning, the husband woke up looking for his wife who he said normally woke up before him. He stepped out onto the front porch, where the dogs attacked him and tried to pull him to the ground. The second got away. Her husband was hospitalized.

Two pit bulls, one brown and one white, attacked Lorraine Brock Saylor, 66, and her husband, Johnny Saylor, on Sunday morning. "She anxious more about neighbors and friends than she did herself, as Johnny's the same way, they're just a very giving couple".

"Under no circumstances are you to engage this unsafe animal", the department said on Facebook.

One dog was fatally shot as it lunged at him.

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The husband shot one of the dogs and the other dog, which was injured, ran off, officials said.

When deputies arrived, they saw the victims "had been savagely attacked by two pit bulls".

Investigators with the sheriff's office are warning residents no to engage with the risky animal if scene.

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.

Also responding to the scene was Bell County EMS, Bell County Coroner Jay Steele, Bell County Animal Control Officer Patsy Bracken and assistance from the Kentucky State Police Post 10.


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