Bethany Lynn Stephens had been an animal lover all her life. That morning, she had been gone for about a day since she left to walk her dogs. So, in the end, her father went out to look for her at the area that she frequented walked the dogs.
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There, to his horror and astonishment, he found her two dogs, guarding what he at first thought was an animal carcass.
Upon closer inspection, he noticed the dead body of his own daughter, clearly eaten by the dogs who still had the blood around their cheeks. In total shock, he called the police.
Goochland County Sheriff Jim Agnew stated that he had never seen anything like it: “The dogs clearly, at least in our estimation in a dark night, had something to do with this. It was an absolutely grisly mauling.”
“In my 40 years of law enforcement, I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Hope I’d never see anything like it again.”
“We spent a lot of time there at the scene and made some observations that, out of respect for the family, we’re not releasing.”
Officials from the county’s animal control department worked tirelessly afterwards and spent at least an hour trying to tranquilize the animals. Investigators also found bloody articles of clothing scattered all around the area.
According to the medical examiner, 22-year-old Miss Stephens had been attacked by her dogs before they mauled her to death.
“It appears she was taken to the ground, lost consciousness and the dogs mauled her to death.” Police Chief Agnew continued.
“There were no strangulation marks. The victim had puncture wounds in the skull, and this was not a homicide.”
But friends of Miss Stephens say they have their doubts about the official story, saying the dogs were too nice to do anything to her.
Pit bulls were bred for dogfighting and are not appropriate choices for pets. They kill people all the time, especially the most vulnerable like toddlers. Not only are they tremendously more likely to flip their switch and go into attack mode than other dog breeds, but when they do, the consequences are very severe due to their powerful jaws.
They are just animals, of course, and do not deserve to suffer, but they should be humanely euthanized. Other dog breeds are fine but pit bulls are just plain irresponsible to keep; in this story, as in others, the dogs are often friendly and well-behaved for their entire lives until the attack. There are no warning signs.