Police find dogs ‘eating’ their owner after brutal attack

2017-12-19 15:57
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Her loved ones still cannot believe the two dogs were responsible for the 22-year-old’s gruesome death.

Bethany Lynn Stephens’, from Virginia in the US, adored her pet pitbulls Tonca and Pac-Man, having raised them from puppies.

But an autopsy has confirmed that the animals mauled their owner to death.

According to Daily Mail, Bethany’s father John found his beautiful blonde daughter’s body in the woods two days after she’d gone missing.

He discovered her body “aggressively” guarded by her two pitbulls. When authorities arrived, they found the animals eating their dead owner’s body.

“Let me cut right to the chase,” County Sheriff James Agnew said at a later press conference. “I observed, as well as four other deputy sheriffs, the dogs eating the ribcage of the body.

"The injuries were very severe."

Police chased the dogs for over an hour before finally capturing them and Bethany’s body was removed from the scene, News.com reports.

Agnew said Bethany had defensive wounds on her hands and arms, “which would be consistent with being attacked while she was still alive.”

He added that he didn’t have a history on the animals, but said they were “big, strong, powerful dogs” that “you would suspect were bred for fighting, just in looking at them.”

“It appears she was taken to the ground, lost consciousness, and the dogs then mauled her to death.”

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.

A post-mortem found no signs of foul play or damage inflicted by a human being on Bethany’s body.

Reports suggest that at the time of her death, the dogs had been living with Bethany’s father, John, who’d left the dogs outside.

Animal behavior expert from Cape Town, Dr Melvyn Greenberg, said that in America about eight million dogs are put down annually, because of behavioural problems. Although there are no reliable statistics for South Africa he says he knows most vets put down one dog a month because of a behavioural problem.

Dog whisperer Pam Whyte believes dogs are “born good”.

“But if the dog’s “emergency nervous system” is activated by over-exercising and not receiving enough kilojoules, the dog’s heart beats faster, its inhibitions break down and this leads to inappropriate behavior,” she explains.

Animal behavior expert from Cape Town, Lucy Breytenbach, says that no matter what breed, dogs can become aggressive. It’s important for owners to look out for signs of discomfort shown by our dogs.

These could include, licking their lips, turning their heads, avoiding eye contact and flattening their ears and body.

“It’s a pity that dogs sometimes feel there’s no option other than to bite,” she says.

Despite a change.org petition being set up to save Bethany’s two dogs from being put down, Agnew confirmed both dogs were euthanised after their capture.

Sources: mirror.co.uk; dailymail.co.uk; news.com.au


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