Kentucky woman killed by two pit bulls and husband hurt

Johnny Lankford

Just before 11 a.m. Sunday, Lorraine and her husband Johnny were attacked, Steele said, by two pit bulls.

Lankford now also faces charges of harboring a vicious animal after authorities said his two pit bulls attacked a couple and killed a woman.

Two Bell County deputies responded to the scene Sunday morning in Arjay and discovered the woman and her husband "had been savagely attacked" by two pit bulls, the sheriff's department said in a statement.

Bell County dispatch confirmed that they received a call stating that a woman and her husband were attacked by two dogs at 10:20 a.m.

Johnny was able to get away and grab his gun and shot at the dogs, killing one. He then ran outside and that's when the dogs started attacking him.

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

Lorraine Saylor left died after being attacked by two dogs early Sunday. Her husband Johnny was also attacked but survived
Lorraine Saylor left died after being attacked by two dogs early Sunday. Her husband Johnny was also attacked but survived

He fatally shot one of the pit bulls as it lunged at him, but the other managed to run off and is still missing, according ot the news station.

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.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The husband was taken to the Pineville Community Hospital for injuries to his arm and head. "It's overwhelming the circumstances and what he found", Steele said.

The Bell County Sheriff's Department determined the dogs do not belong to the couple.

The victims' will be released after their family is notified, investigators said.

Two pit bulls mauled one of their neighbors to death on Christmas Eve.

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