Bell County man talks about dog attack that killed his wife

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BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT/WATE) - WATE in Knoxville spoke with a Kentucky man who survived an attack that left his wife dead.

On Christmas Eve, two pit bulls attacked John Saylor and his wife, Lorraine. Lorraine did not survive. "I seen her body. I screamed 'God no. My baby, my baby, my baby," Saylor told WATE. "I knew she was gone I knew she was gone."

Saylor says his wife of 38-years went outside to feed their cat. When he went out to check on her, he says his neighbor's dog attacked him immediately. Saylor was able to fight off the dogs. He went back inside and got his gun. He says he didn't realize at first that the dogs had also mauled his wife.

"She was weak frail about 105 pounds."

Deputies said the dogs belonged to Johnny Lankford, 42, who at the time of the attack was being held in the Bell County Detention Center for assault 2nd degree – domestic violence, unlawful imprisonment – 2nd degree, and a bench warrant. Lankford is now also charged with harboring a vicious animal.

"I'm sure he will see this I hope he does, but he's responsible for my wife's death," John said of his neighbor.

Saylor suffered more than 20 bites in the attack.

You can read WATE's report by clicking here.

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