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Pit bull attack kills woman, injures man on Christmas Eve

26 December 2017, 01:17 | Rufus Hill

Update: names released in deadly dog attack

Kentucky woman killed 'savagely' in dog attack identified

The owner of two pit bulls at the center of a dog attack that killed a Kentucky woman is being charged with harboring a vicious animal, according to the Bell County Sheriff's Department.

Two Bell County deputies responded to the scene Sunday morning in Arjay and discovered the woman and her husband "had been savagely attacked" by two pit bulls, the sheriff's department said in a statement. One of the pitbulls was shot and killed while the other ran off.

It is unclear what drove the dogs to attack their neighbors, but experts say it's unlikely that pit bulls just turn bad.

The statement didn't specify the man's injuries.

Bell County Coroner Jay Steele says Johnny suffered a bite on his head, arm and hand. The couple's names weren't immediately released. "The deputies determined that the dogs did not belong to the couple".

"They had my brother halfway out the door, chewing on his arm", said James Saylor, Johnny's brother. Her husband Johnny Saylor found her in front of their house after he had been attacked by the two dogs.

Investigators discovered that the dogs belonged to Johnny Dale Lankford, who was being held in the Bell County Detention Center on charges of second-degree assault, domestic violence, and second-degree unlawful imprisonment from December 22.

He threw a door stop and yelled at the dogs, allowing his brother to get away by going into the house. "Under no circumstances are you to engage this risky animal".

This is not the only pit bull attack of the year. The dog was then put down by the Bell County Sheriff's Department and Bell County Animal Shelter.

"I'd seen them, but I didn't think they'd be mean like that".

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