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.
The Bell County Sheriff’s Department said it received a call about the dog attack at 10:20 a.m. from 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,” reported Lex18m, according to a police statement.
The caller said that his brother and sister-in-law were attacked by two of their neighbor’s dogs. The caller said they were pit bulls.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband was taken to a nearby hospital, officials said.
The husband was able to shoot both dogs. However according to the sheriff’s department, one of the dogs had managed to escape.
“Sheriff Mitch Williams is asking the community to be on the lookout for a brown pit bull that is injured,” according to the statement. “Under no circumstances are you to engage this dangerous animal.”
It comes about a week after a 22-year-old Virginia woman was mauled by two of her pet pit bulls while she was going for a walk.
Officials said that Bethany Stephens was killed by her two pit bulls while she was walking in Goochland County, Virginia, last week. Goochland County Sheriff James Agnew said that one of the pit bulls had a history of aggressive behaviour. He said the dog’s previous owner “became pregnant and the dog snapped at her a couple of times, and she got concerned and returned the dog.”
‘Most Abused Dogs On Earth’
Animal rights group PETA said that pit bulls are “the most abused dogs on Earth.”
“Pit bulls are left at shelters in record numbers—and since they are difficult to adopt out, reputable shelters (that don’t slam the door in the dogs’ faces) are finding that they must euthanize more pit bulls and pit bull mixes than all other dogs combined,” the group says.
Karen Delise, research director for the National Canine Research Council and author of The Pitbull Placebo, has investigated hundreds of dog bite incidents.
She writes “My study of dog bite-related fatalities occurring over the past five decades has identified the poor ownership/management practices involved in the overwhelming majority of these incidents: owners obtaining dogs, and maintaining them as resident dogs outside of regular, positive human interaction, often for negative functions (i.e. guarding/protection, fighting, intimidation/status); owners failing to humanely contain, control and maintain their dogs (chained dogs, loose roaming dogs, cases of abuse/neglect); owners failing to knowledgably supervise interaction between children and dogs; and owners failing to spay or neuter dogs not used for competition, show, or in a responsible breeding program.”