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Kentucky woman killed, husband injured in Christmas Eve pit bull attack

Kentucky woman killed, husband injured in Christmas Eve pit bull attack

The owner of two pitbulls which mauled a woman to death in her front yard on Christmas Eve has been arrested for harboring a vicious animal.

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

Her husband, Johnny Saylor heard the commotion and ran outside.

Her husband was able to shoot both dogs, killing one. When he came outside, he shot one of the dogs in the chest as it lunged at him.

Animal control and the Bell County Sheriff's Department are now searching for the brown Pit bull.

Sheriff Mitch Williams says anyone seeing the second dog, a brown pit bull, are asked to call law enforcement.

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.

Investigators with the sheriff's office are warning residents no to engage with the risky animal if they come across it.

The call came in around 10:20 Sunday morning.

Bell County Coroner Jay Steele says Johnny suffered a bite on his head, arm and hand. It is not known who, if anyone, was watching over the dogs when they attacked the Saylors.

Emergency services were notified immediately, but Lorraine was pronounced dead at the scene. "It's overwhelming the circumstances and what he found", Steele said. The woman died from her injuries, and the man was transported to Pineville Community Hospital.

A thorough autopsy is expected to take place on Tuesday in Frankfort, Kentucky, at 9am.

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