BELL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A woman was killed and her husband was injured in an dog attack in Bell County. Officials now say the second dog believed to be responsible for the attack has been captured and put down.
The Bell County Sheriff's Department said it received a call at 10:20 a.m. Sunday reporting the attack on Highway 66 in the Wiser Branch area of Arjay. Police responding to the scene "discovered a woman and her husband had been savagely attacked by two pit bulls," according to a statement from the department.
A dispatch official said the caller reported that his brother, Johnny Saylor, and Saylor's wife, Lorraine Brock Saylor, were attacked by two of their neighbor's dogs. Both were pit bulls, the caller said.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, and emergency responders transported the husband to an area hospital with injuries to his arm and head.
The sheriff's statement says the husband was able to shoot both dogs. They said one was killed but the other escaped.
"I'll never forget, as long as I live. I looked over toward the front porch and she was laying. I screamed 'my baby, my baby," said Johnny Saylor.
Authorities were searching for the second dog but later said it returned to the home around 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Reportedly it was taken to the Bell County Animal Control where it was put down.
Johnny Saylor, Lorraine Saylor’s husband, shows us the jacket he was wearing when 2 pit bulls attacked him. Lorraine did not survive. Johnny says this jacket “saved his life.” @LEX18News pic.twitter.com/c2GQv7bhiN— Jacqueline Nie (@JacquelineLEX18) December 26, 2017
The Sheriff's Department found that the dogs belonged to Johnny Dale Lankford, 42, who had been in the Bell County Detention Center on charges of assault and unlawful imprisonment since Friday. The dogs had gotten loose from his yard.
Lankford now also has been charged with harboring a vicious animal.
Lankford's family tells LEX 18 they were not around the dogs often. The last time they had seen the dogs, they say that the dogs were chained up in the yard.
"I seen the dogs before. They always had bloody ears. About 6, about 4 months ago. They had bloody ears where they been fighting. There's a lot of dogs like that in these hollers," said Lankford's uncle, Ulyess Lankford.