Dog attack in Bell County kills woman, injures her husband

Published: Dec. 24, 2017 at 3:38 PM EST
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A dog attack in southern Kentucky left a woman dead and her husband battling injuries.

Bell County sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene around 10:20 a.m. Sunday on Highway 66 in the Wiser Branch area, near the Arjay community, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Deputies determined Lorraine Brock Saylor, 66, and her husband were “savagely attacked” by pit bulls.

“Tragically the woman died from her injuries in the attack,” according to the news release. “The husband suffered wounds as well, but was able to shoot both dogs killing one while the other ran off near Country Lane. The deputies determined that the dogs did not belong to the couple.”

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.

The Bell County Sheriff's Office says the second dog involved in the attack returned to the residence and was put down by the Bell County Sheriff's Office and the Bell County Animal Shelter.

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