Kentucky man charged with harboring a vicious animal after fatal pit bull attack

Johnny Dale Lankford faced with a charge of harboring a vicious animal after a pit bull attack on christmas Eve in which a woman was killed and her husband injured

(Bell County Sheriff’s Department)

A Kentucky man was accused of harboring a vicious animal after a christmas Eve pit bull attack in which a woman was killed and her husband injured.

Bell County deputies established after a research that the two pit bulls that “brutally attacked” Lorraine Saylor, 66, and her husband in Arjay, Sunday morning was their neighbor, Johnny Dale Lankford, 42.

Johnny Saylor managed to shoot the dogs then the killing of one of them. The second dog, who was shot in the chest, ran off and was not found until Monday afternoon, when the delegates were reported that the dog returned home. Deputies and an animal control officer put the dog.

Lankford was told of the charge at the Bell County jail, where he is being held on separate charges of assault, domestic violence, illegal detention and imprisonment. Those charges were brought in connection with an arrest Friday.

Lorraine Saylor, 66, was killed in her garden after authorities say she was attacked by her neighbor’s two pit bulls. Her husband was also injured in the attack.


Records show Lankford was still locked up Tuesday in lieu of $25,000 bond.

Saylor died after suffering massive injuries to her neck, face and shoulder in the attack, WYMT-TV reported.

Johnny Saylor was attacked when he came out to search for his wife.

“They had my brother halfway out the door, chewing on his arm,” James Saylor told the station.

He said that he distracted the dogs long enough for his brother to run back inside and grab a gun.

Deputies said the Johnny Saylor shot the dogs with a .22-caliber pistol.

He was bitten on his head, arm and hand.

Vicious Christmas Eve Pit Bull Attack Leaves Kentucky Woman Dead, Man Injured

James Saylor lived next to his brother and ran to help when he heard barking. He knew that the dogs.

“I had seen them, but I had not thought that they would be means that,” he said in the station.

Bell County Coroner Jay Steele said he has known Lorraine Saylor and her husband for almost 30 years.

“They were just a super fun couple and I can’t even begin to put myself in his shoes, it’s overwhelming, the circumstances and what he felt,” Steele told the station, referring to the man.

He said the couple were the type of people who worry more about neighbors and friends than they are themselves.

“They’re just a very giving couple,” he said.


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