Police find dogs 'eating' their owner after brutal attack

Bethany Stephens was mauled to death by her own dogs officials said

Police have ruled out foul play in the grisly death of 22 year old Virginia woman, Bethany Stephens who was mauled to death by her two pit bull pets.

In a surprisingly transparent interview, Goochland County Sheriff James Agnew told PIX 11: 'While we were talking about strategies to catch the dogs, we turned and looked - the dogs had gone back over to the body and I observed, as well as four other deputy sheriffs, the dogs eating the rib cage on the body'. After an avalanche of phone calls and social media, Agnew cleared up several previously made statements and offered some gruesome details after a long discussion with Stephens' family.

"Let me cut right to the chase, the most important detail that we did not release because we were anxious about the well-being of the family is that the in the course of trying to capture the dogs early Friday morning.we turned and looked..."

Family, friends and colleagues at a dog training facility where Stephens worked, said the victim was experienced working with animals and the dogs were well socialized and passive.

The autopsy showed no signs of trauma, that some of the attack injuries were made while she was still alive and that her wounds are consistent with a smaller animal - not a coyote or wolf. But the body was Stephens' and police say the pit bulls were eating her, he said.

The sheriff added that both animals were still attacking the deceased victim when the officers arrived on scene.

The victim was also found with puncture wounds on her skull. Family gave permission. Presser at 4pm. Nothing that said she was stabbed.




However, police are still investigating and are carrying out forensic tests. "But. from the evidence that we observed, from the evidence that we collected, that narrative doesn't fit".

Stephens' friends have questioned the reason behind the pit bulls attacking their owner, who had raised them since they were puppies. "None of that", an investigator with the sheriff's office, Shawn Whitlock, told reporters.

He said Stephens' relatives have requested for the dogs to be euthanized.

Bethany's friend, Barbara Norris, told a local TV station the dogs would "kill you with kisses" before they'd attack, according to The Mirror.

"I think it was in the best interest of our community and for public safety to do that", Agnew said. A toxicology report is being run on Stephens and is expected to be completed in about three months. "Once a dog tastes human flesh it is not safe to have that dog around humans".

"I don't want to disparage a particular breed", he added, "but if you do the research, I think you'll find that many of those are perpetrated by pit bulls". "[Stephens' father] wasn't taking care of them - it wasn't his responsibility", Blackwood said.

"Just trying to create a little background with what might have occurred with that when they became a little distant from their owner towards the end", he said.

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