Goochland sheriff described ‘grisly’ scene after woman mauled to death by her pit bulls

Goochland sheriff described 'grisly' scene after woman mauled to death by her pit bulls
Two dogs maul their owner to death during a walk in the woods
“It appears she was taken to the ground, lost consciousness, and the dogs then mauled her to death.”

American Woman Mauled To Death By Her Two Pitbulls

Local deputies found the body of Bethany Stephens, 22, in a wooded area off of Manakin Road in Goodland, Va. around 8:20 p.m. on Thursday, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

Two dogs maul their owner to death during a walk in the woods

And Dr. Amy Learn, a veterinarian who didn't know Stephens or her dogs, said many questions remain.

Two dogs maul their owner to death during a walk in the woods
Two dogs maul their owner to death during a walk in the woods
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Alarm bells started ringing when Bethany didn't come home that night and her dad called the police. But while he waited for them to arrive, he went searching for his daughter in the woodlands and quickly found her mangled body.It’s understood the Sheriff’s office will push to have the dogs euthanised.

“It appears she was taken to the ground, lost consciousness, and the dogs then mauled her to death,” he added. “In my 40 years of law enforcement I’ve never seen anything quite like it. I hope I never see anything like it again.”

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Kristine Phillips Sunday 17 December 2017 11:27 GMT Click to followThe Independent US The 22-year-old was killed by her two pitbulls Shutterstock/Aleksei Matush Bethany Lynn Stephens had been gone for about a day since she left to walk her dogs. So her father went out to look for her at the area she frequented.
Officials from the county’s animal control department and sheriff’s office spent at least an hour trying to tranquilise the animals, Agnew said. Investigators also found bloody articles of clothing scattered in the area.”When she takes them for walks, she comes right back. When we looked at the kennels, they looked like they had been broken open and went to go help her.”Bethany Lynn Stephens was found dead in the woods near her Goochland, Virginia home Bethany Lynn Stephens/ Facebook The death of a 22-year-old woman from Virginia after being attacked by her own dogs has sparked a debate over the “grisly mauling” incident – that local County Sheriff described as something “never seen” before.”It was an absolutely grisly mauling ,” Sheriff Agnew said. “In my 40 years of law enforcement I’ve never seen anything quite like it. I hope I never see anything like it again.”The killer pooches then kept police officers away from her body for more than an hour as they stood guard over her, The Sun reports.
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Police: Virginia Woman Mauled To Death By Her Dogs

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James L. Agnew, via the Richmond-Times Dispatch. The medical examiner’s reports reveal that Bethany had several defensive wounds on her arms and hands. She also sustained puncture wounds in her skull, which fits with a mauling.

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“Those dogs and her, they loved each other,” Norris said. “I wasn’t able to see the body so I can’t tell you what happened. I can’t tell you if it was blunt force or it is was a mauling, but I know those dogs didn’t do it.”

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‘The victim had defensive wounds on her hands and arms trying to keep the dogs away from her, which would be consistent with being attacked while she was still alive.’

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Police say VA woman killed by her own dogs; friends don't believe it
Police say VA woman killed by her own dogs; friends don't believe it
Ad Feedback googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘storybody’); }); Agnew said investigators still did not know why the animals turned on Stephens. According to the medical examiner’s office, the 22-year-old had defensive wounds on her hands and arms, which indicated that she was attacked while still alive. Investigators say she was first attacked on her throat and face.

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Trump transition team says thousands of emails ‘unlawfully obtained’Bethany Stephens was experienced in working with animals, a former co-worker says. (Photo: Chong, Loo)Goodland County Sheriff James Agnew said they arrived on a wooded scene after Stephens’ father went looking for his daughter. They said her body was being guarded by two very large pit bulls, dogs that weighed as much as she did.RELATED: Virginia woman mauled to death by her pit bulls

But Paul explained, “A lot of people are saying [the dogs] wouldn’t guard if they killed, but the reality is if it’s a resource, they may guard that as their food source or their toy the same way that a dog might guard a bone on a blanket.”

'Absolutely Grisly.' A Woman Was Mauled to Death by Her Own Dogs

She said that provocation causes fear, which can cause aggression. But she wonders if there is more to the story.

Topics: Bethany Stephens, VirginiaBethany Lynn Stephens’ dad called the emergency services at 8pm on Thursday after she hadn’t returned from walking her dogs.

Bethany Lynn Stephens was last seen alive on Tuesday, Dec. 12, when she set out with her 2 pit bulls to go for walk in the woods near her home in Goochland, Virginia. Her body was discovered 2 days later showing signs of an animal mauling and was found near the 2 dogs that killed her. Her very own pets. Unfortunately, it was her father, John Stephens, who discovered the grisly scene, according to authorities. Head here to take a look back at all the celebrities we’ve lost in 2017.“It was an absolutely grisly mauling,” Agnew said. “In my 40 years of law enforcement I’ve never seen anything quite like it. I hope I never see anything like it again.”

Woman was mauled to death by her pit bulls in the woods

The medical examiner says the attack appeared to be a violent attack initiated by the dogs while out for a walk.

“It appears she was taken to the ground, lost consciousness, and the dogs then mauled her to death,” he said.
“There were various articles of clothing, under clothing scattered about the area not far from the body and torn into small pieces, there were patches of blood,” Goochland Sheriff James Agnew said.

Officials say woman was mauled by her own dogs

Bethany Lynn Stephens, 22, had taken her two pet pit bulls for a walk through the woods in Goochland, Virginia last week when, for reasons unknown, the animals turned on her.

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The search started after Stephens’ father called 911 saying he hadn’t seen her in nearly two days. He went to look for her where she frequently walked her dogs in the woods. He found her, thinking she was just hurt.

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local’s death suggesting that further investigation is needed. “Dogs don’t typically just out of the blue attack their owners, so there is typically some kind of provocation,” she said, as per news outlets, inferring that provocation causes fear, which may have led to aggression.People Pets.svg__path-2–people-pets{stroke-width:1.75;stroke-miterlimit:10;} 22-Year-Old Woman Killed by Her 2 Pets Dogs in ‘Grisly Mauling’ While Out for a Walk: Police Subscribe Dogs Cats Adoption Funny Videos Celeb Pets Subscribe Home News Watch PeopleTV Photos Holidays 2017 Style Down News Holiday Style Beauty Shopping Celebrity Down News Photos Celeb Relationships Food Down Recipes Food News Celebrity Food Chefs The Fix Bodies Down News Celebrity Bodies Body Positivity Fitness & Health Babies Down Births Expecting Celeb Blogs Galleries Exclusives Home & Travel Down Stars at Home Real Estate Décor Celebrity Vacations Pets Down Dogs Cats Adoption Funny Videos Celeb Pets People Perks Country Down Blake Shelton Carrie Underwood Luke Bryan Miranda Lambert Crime Down News Courts & Trials Cold Cases Exclusives Human Interest Down News Tragedy & Triumph Love Stories Heroes Daily Smile TV Down Kim Kardashian DWTS Housewives Bachelor Nation Movies Down News Movie Awards Celebrities Music Down Beyoncé Knowles Kanye West Lady Gaga Taylor Swift Politics Down Election Controversy White House Celebrity & Politics Humor Royals Down News Royal Wedding The Crown Royal Baby Style Chica Down Beauty Fashion Celebs Real Stories Sports Crosswords Premium TIME Health Stay Connected Pets 22-Year-Old Woman Killed by Her 2 Pets Dogs in ‘Grisly Mauling’ While Out for a Walk: Police Maria Pasquini December 16, 2017 12:28 PM A Virginia woman was found dead after being mauled by her two dogs, authorities announced on Friday.

The sheriff went on to reveal that the two dogs are currently with Goochland Animal Control and that the sheriff’s office is looking to have the animals euthanized, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Sheriff: Body of Virginia woman found in woods mauled to death by her own dogs
Sheriff: Body of Virginia woman found in woods mauled to death by her own dogs
The Mirror reports that the two animals are currently in the care of Goochland Animal Control and will likely be put down.
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