Virginia Woman Mauled To Death By Her Pit-bulls While Taking Them For A Walk

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A 22-year-old Virginia woman was mauled to death by her two pit bulls while taking them for a walk near her home. After killing her, they stood guard over her body.

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Bethany Lynn Stephens was taking her dogs out for a walk in Goochland, in the US state of Virginia, when they brutally attacked her. Bethany’s dad called the emergency services at 8pm on Thursday after she hadn’t returned from walking the dogs. Then he went looking for her in the area where she often walked the dogs and found the unsettling scene. Bethany was found with horrific head and throat injuries while the dogs stood guarding her body aggressively.

Goochland County Sheriff, James L. Agnew said during a news conference on Friday that her body was found “guarded by two very large, brindle-colored pit bull dogs” on Thursday. Sheriff’s deputies arrived and spent about 90 minutes trying to catch the pit bulls, before Bethany’s body was taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Agnew said it is not certain why the dogs attacked Stephens. Police said they suspected the dogs had been bred to fight. Her cause of death was “consistent with being mauled by the dogs,” reports said.

“The first traumatic injury to her was to her throat and face,” Agnew said. “It appears she was taken to the ground, lost consciousness, and the dogs then mauled her to death.”

He added: “It was an absolutely grisly mauling. In my nearly 40 years in law enforcement, I’ve never seen anything quite like it. I hope I never see anything like it again.”

The dogs are now being held by Goochland County Animal Control. According to reports, the sheriff’s office will order them to be put to death by euthanizing them.

 

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