Friday, 22 June, 2018

Pit bull attack leaves woman dead, husband injured, police say

Johnny Dale Lankford faces a charge of harboring a vicious animal following a pit bull attack on Christmas Eve in which a woman was killed and her husband injured Pitbull Attack on Christmas Eve Kills Woman, Injures Man
Andrew Cummings | 26 December, 2017, 01:57

The couple did not own the pit bulls, officials said. Both were pit bulls, the caller said. As for the dogs, he said he had seen them before.

'The dogs belonged to 42 year old Johnny Dale Lankford who was already lodged in the Bell County Detention Center on charges he acquired Friday afternoon December 22nd for assault 2nd degree - domestic violence, unlawful imprisonment - 2nd degree, and a bench warrant.

The call came in around 10:20 a.m. Sunday morning. When he went outside to see what the commotion was, he saw the two dogs attacking his brother.

A Kentucky woman was killed by two dogs in Bell County, and officials are now asking residents to keep an eye out for one of the animals, Lex18 reported. "It's overwhelming the circumstances and what he found", Steele said.

The woman was declared dead at the scene, and emergency responders transported the man to an area hospital. "Under no circumstances are you to engage this unsafe animal". The dog, which was wounded, had returned to the neighborhood and was put down by the Bell County Sheriff's Department and Bell County Animal Shelter.

Pitbull Attack on Christmas Eve Kills Woman, Injures Man

Bell County Coroner Jay Steele says Johnny suffered a bite on his head, arm and hand.

The husband was able to shoot both dogs, killing one.

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

Police ask anyone who believes they have spotted the animal to immediately call 911 or 606-337-6174. Her husband was hospitalized.

The sheriff's department has confirmed that the dogs, which were responsible for the attack, did not belong to the couple. "I think we have to take a measure to do what it takes to prevent that from happening again".

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