A woman from Virginia has recently been mauled to death by two of her own pit bulls as she took them out for a walk in the woods. According to reports, 22-year-old Bethany Lynn Stephens was found lifeless in the woods near her home two days after the incident. The dogs were seen guarding her body.
John, her father, went out searching for her when she never returned and discovered the ‘grisly’ scene. Goochland Country Sheriff James L. Agnew described the animals as “very large, brindle-colored pit bull dogs”.
Bethany Lynn Stephens, 22, loved dogs and she owned two pit bulls.
The initial reports by the medical examiner tells us that Stephens “had defensive wounds on her hands and arms,” wrote the Daily Mail.
“Her wounds,” according to the website, “which also included puncture wounds in her skull, were consistent with having been mauled.”
It is believed that the dogs were raised for fighting.
“The first traumatic injury to her was to her throat and face. It appears she was taken to the ground, lost consciousness, and the dogs then mauled her to death.”
The scene was so brutal that he said he has “never seen anything quite like it” in his almost 40 years of working in law enforcement.
Stephens’ father immediately called 911 when he found her.
However, the sheriff’s deputies had to spend over an hour trying to wrangle the dogs. Eventually, the animals were tranquilized and removed by animal control.
The pit bulls will likely be euthanized, according to Agnew.
More than 60 pieces of evidence were collected from the scene, including bloodied pieces of shredded clothing.
Meanwhile, Barbara Norris, Stephens’ friend, couldn’t believe what happened.
In an interview with NBC12, Norris said Stephens’ dogs were harmless and even slept with her in bed.
“Those dogs would not attack her. They’d kill you with kisses,” Norris shared.
Norris likewise pointed out that the dogs’ kennels appear to have been broken open, as if the animals escaped to help their master.
Investigations are currently ongoing, although the authorities have expressed there weren’t any strangulation marks on Stephens which rules out the possibility of homicide.
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