BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WVLT) -- The Bell County Sheriff's department has charged a Kentucky man already behind bars on unrelated charges in the death of a woman "savagely" attacked by two dogs.
Johnny Dale Lankford, 42, was arrested Dec. 22 on second degree charges of domestic violence and unlawful imprisonment. Bell investigators determined the dogs belonged to him, and charged him with harboring a vicious animal as well.
The initial call came in around 10:20 a .m. Sunday morning. The caller stated that two Pit bulls attacked his sister-in-law, 66-year-old Lorraine Brock Saylor, and injured his brother.
The attack happened on Wiser Branch Road in the Arjay community of Bell County.
Deputies said Johnny Saylor couldn't find his wife, Lorraine, that morning when he woke up. He went outside to find her when he was attacked by two Pit bulls.
WYMT spoke with Saylor's brother-in-law, who said he was inside his house next door when he head a commotion. He ran outside to his porch and saw the two dogs attacking his brother.
According to WYMT, the man then picked up a doorstop off his front porch and threw it across the yard at the dogs. It scared them enough to give Saylor's husband, Johnny, time to get away and grab a gun.
Johnny Saylor was able to shoot both dogs, killing one. The other dog ran off near Country Lane. Johnny then found his wife laying in front of the house.
On Monday, December 25, the Bell County Sheriff’s Department said the second dog returned to the home where it was then put down by deputies and Bell County Animal Shelter officials.
On Sunday, the Bell County coroner arrived on the scene and confirmed Lorraine Saylor's death at 10:40 a.m. An autopsy is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday in Frankfort, Ky.
WYMT said Johnny Saylor was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries to his arm and head; he is expected to be OK.