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Pitbull put down after fatal attack in Bell County, Kentucky

January 22 2018, 12:31 | Irvin Gilbert

Woman Killed, Husband Injured In 'Savage' Attack By 2 Dogs In Bell Co.

Update: names released in deadly dog attack

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

Lankford now also faces charges of harboring a vicious animal after authorities said his two pit bulls attacked a couple and killed a woman. Her husband Johnny Saylor found her in front of their house after he had been attacked by the two dogs.

According to the Bell County Sheriff's Office, the man shot and killed one of the dogs, but the other ran off. Deputies believe it is injured and say that the dogs do not belong to the couple.

He shot both animals, killing one and injuring the other, to fight them off but it was too late to save his wife.

According to the BCSD Facebook page, Sheriff Mitch Williams is asking the community to be on the lookout for the brown and white pit bull that ran off after being injured.

Police said the dogs belonged to 42-year-old Johnny Lankford, who at the time of the attack was being held in the Bell County Detention Center for assault, domestic violence, unlawful imprisonment and a bench warrant.

"Under no circumstances are you to engage this risky animal", the department said on Facebook.

"She loved animals and every morning she would go out and put wild bird seed out on a metal roof of a little work shed they had there and feed then birds", said Steele.

The call came in around 10:20 a.m. Sunday morning. "It's overwhelming the circumstances and what he found", Steele said.

"The ambulance kept trying to get him to go to the hospital but he wouldn't leave until I took her into our care", said Steele.

An autopsy for Saylor is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday in Frankfort, Ky.

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