ARJAY, Kentucky — A pair of vicious pit bulls savagely mauled a neighbor to death and seriously injured her husband in a Christmas Eve attack in Kentucky, police said.
The Bell County Sheriff’s office says Johnny Saylor got up Saturday morning and went to look for his wife who had already gotten up, when his neighbors two dogs attacked him on his porch.
Saylor’s brother heard the commotion and ran out yelling, managing to drive the dogs. Saylor then ran to get a gun and shot one of the dogs in the chest as it lunged at him, police said. The animal survived and ran off into the woods.
Saylor then went to look for his wife, Lorraine Brock Saylor, 66, and found her lying on the ground in front of their house. Ashe ran to her, the second dog began circling nearby, and Saylor shot the animal, killing it.
Lorraine Saylor was pronounced dead at the scene after suffering “severe and fatal injuries,” the sheriff’s office said.
Authorities put out a public warning to keep an eye out for the second dog that had gotten away and to avoid it if seen. The dog eventually returned to its owner’s house on Christmas Day and was put down by police.
The sheriff’s office says the dog’s owner, Johnny Dale Lankford, 42, who lived next door from the Saylor, had been arrested on Friday on a domestic violence charge and had been in jail while the attack occurred. He was additionally charged with harboring a dangerous animal.