Woman killed and husband seriously injured after ‘savage attack’ by two pit bulls

Woman killed and husband seriously injured after ‘savage attack’ by two pit bulls on Christmas Eve

Lorraine Brock Saylor was declared dead at the scene while her husband, Johnny Saylor, was hospitalised after managing to shoot the dogs

A woman was mauled to death and her husband seriously injured after they were ‘savagely attacked’ by two pit bulls on Christmas Eve.

Lorraine Brock Saylor and her husband Johnny Saylor were found by police who were called to the scene near Arjay, Kentucky, on Sunday morning.

Two officers found that the couple “had been savagely attacked” by two pit bulls, Bell County Sheriff’s department said in a statement.

Mr Saylor was able to shoot the dogs, killing one, investigators said.

Police were alerted by a 911 caller who reported his brother and sister-in-law were attacked by two of their neighbour’s dogs, WLEX-TV reported.

Mrs Saylor, aged 66, was declared dead at the scene. Her husband was taken to hospital with serious injuries, WKYT reported.

Police said in a statement: “Tragically the woman died from her injuries in the attack.

“The husband suffered wounds as well, but was able to shoot both dogs killing one while the other ran off near Country Lane.

“The deputies determined that the dogs did not belong to the couple.”

Residents were warned to be on lookout for the injured brown dog, which should not be approached.

“Under no circumstances are you to engage this dangerous animal,” the department added.

Last week, police found two pitbulls “eating” their 22-year-old owner after she was savagely attacked while taking them for a walk.

Harrowing and graphic details of the death of Bethany Lynn Stephens have been released by County Sheriff James Agnew in the US state of Virginia in a bid to end speculation.

Bethany’s father had called police after she failed to return home from walking her two pitbulls in a woodland near home.

The Sheriff initially said Bethany’s body was found being “guarded by two very large, brindle-coloured pit bull dogs”.

A post-mortem showed injuries which suggested Bethany had tried to fight back as she was tackled to the ground.