A woman from Goochland County, Virginia was found mauled to death after taking her two pit bulls for a walk in the woods. Police blamed her two pets, owned by Bethany Lynn Stephens.
Her father made the grim discovery on Thursday after he went looking for his 22-year-old daughter. He found the two dogs near Stephens’ body, which they appeared to be “guarding,” according to WTVR. At first, he thought maybe they were just guarding an animal carcass.
“Much to his horror, discovered that it was not,” Goochland County Sheriff Jim Agnew said at a press conference on Friday.
“It appeared the attack was a violent attack initiated by the victims’ dogs while the victim was out for a walk with the dogs,” Agnew said. “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