Woman killed, husband injured by two dogs in southern Kentucky

A dog attack over Christmas weekend left one Kentucky woman dead and her husband injured.

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

42, was arrested and charged with harboring a vicious animal after two of his pitbulls attacked and killed Lorraine Brock Saylor, 66, in Kentucky on December 24, 2017.

"The husband suffered wounds as well, but was able to shoot both dogs, killing one while the other ran off", the department said.

Authorities are asking the community to keep an eye for the missing dog but urged them not to engage with the animal should they come across it.

He fatally shot one of the pit bulls as it lunged at him, but the other managed to run off and is still missing, according ot the news station.

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Lorraine Saylor was pronounced scene and her husband was transported to Pineville Community Hospital with arm and head injuries.

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.

"Under no circumstances are you to engage this risky animal", the department said on Facebook. It is not known who, if anyone, was watching over the dogs when they attacked the Saylors.

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.

When deputies arrived, they found the couple had been "savagely attacked by two pit bulls".

An autopsy on Saylor is scheduled for this week. "It's overwhelming the circumstances and what he found", Steele said.

  • Sonia Alvarado