A YOUNG woman has suffered a horrific death after being mauled by her own dogs in the United States.
Bethany Lynn Stephens, 22, had taken her two pet pit bulls for a walk through the woods in Goochland, Virginia last week when, for reasons unknown, the animals turned on her.
It’s understood Ms Stephens’ father became increasingly concerned and set out in search of his daughter after she failed to return home by 8pm on Thursday.
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He reportedly found the dogs, described by police as “big, strong and powerful”, guarding his daughter’s body.
“It appeared the attack was a violent attack,” Sheriff Agnew told WTVR, citing an initial Medical Examiner’s report.
“The victim had defensive wounds on her hands and arms trying to keep the dogs away from her, which would be consistent with being attacked while she was still alive.”
“In my 40 years of law enforcement, I’ve never seen anything quite like it.” – Sheriff
Sheriff Agnew said it appeared the first traumatic injury Ms Stephens suffered was to her throat and face.
“It appears she was taken to the ground, lost consciousness, and the dogs then mauled her to death,” he said.
“It was an absolutely grisly mauling. In my 40 years of law enforcement, I’ve never seen anything quite like it [and] I hope I never see anything like it again.”
Authorities believe the dogs, named Pac-Man and Tonka, were bred for fighting.
“…you would suspect [the dogs] were bred for fighting, just in looking at them,” Sheriff Agnew said.
Police reportedly spent up to 90 minutes trying to catch the dogs, which are now with Goochland Animal Control.
It’s understood the Sheriff’s office will push to have the dogs euthanised.