Kentucky woman killed, husband injured in Christmas Eve pit bull attack

Update: names released in deadly dog attack

A Kentucky woman is dead and her husband is severely injured after they suffered a Christmas Eve pit bull attack.

Lankford now also faces charges of harboring a vicious animal after authorities said his two pit bulls attacked a couple and killed a woman.

The husband and wife were attacked by two pit bull, which did not belong to them, around 10:20 a.m., the Bell County Sheriff's Office said.

Once free, Johnny retrieved a gun and shot both, but killed just one. Johnny Saylor retrieved a.22-caliber pistol from inside his house and went back outside, where he shot one of the dogs in the chest as it jumped at him.

Both animal control and the Bell County Sheriff's Department are looking for the brown Pitbull still out and about.

Investigators discovered that the dogs belonged to Johnny Dale Lankford, who was being held in the Bell County Detention Center on charges of second-degree assault, domestic violence, and second-degree unlawful imprisonment from December 22.

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Lorraine Saylor was pronounced scene and her husband was transported to Pineville Community Hospital with arm and head injuries.

"She was out taking care of animals, and a very unfortunate set of circumstances happened and she lost her life", Bell County Coroner Jay Steele said.

"I'd seen them, but I didn't think they'd be mean like that", James Saylor said.

When deputies arrived, they found the couple had been "savagely attacked by two pit bulls". Her husband was hospitalized.

The victims' will be released after their family is notified, investigators said.

A thorough autopsy is expected to take place on Tuesday in Frankfort, Kentucky, at 9am.

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