Kentucky woman killed by two pit bulls and husband hurt

Dec 26, 2017, 01:17
Kentucky woman killed by two pit bulls and husband hurt

Officials said the dogs did not belong to the couple.

WYMT reports that Lorraine Saylor was putting out bird seed in her yard when she and her husband were attacked by two pit bulls.

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.

He already is in the Bell County Detention Center after being arrested Friday on charges of second-degree assault, domestic violence and unlawful imprisonment.

"Under no circumstances are you to engage this unsafe animal", they urged.

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The caller said that his brother and sister-in-law were attacked by two of their neighbor's dogs.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The other pit bull ran off. The woman died from her injuries, and the man was transported to Pineville Community Hospital. "She was just a sweetheart" said Steele. Her husband shot both of them, killing one and injuring the other.

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. The dog, which was wounded, had returned to the neighborhood and was put down by the Bell County Sheriff's Department and Bell County Animal Shelter.

Bell County Sheriff's Deputies say that the dogs belonged to Johnny Dale Lankford, 42.

Lankford's two dogs which attacked the woman. 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. "I think we have to take a measure to do what it takes to prevent that from happening again".

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