Father's grisly discovery: Woman mauled to death by own dogs

Michele Moreno
December 18, 2017

Police say a Glen Allen, Va., woman was mauled to death by her two pit bulls.

It was her father John Stephens who found her body two days later near her Goochland, Virginia house along with her two pets.

Her father made the horrifying discovery after he found the dogs were aggressively "guarding" his daughter's body, according to County Sheriff James L Agnew, Virginia media reported.

"Much to his horror, discovered that it was not", said Goochland County Sheriff Jim Agnew at a news conference on Friday.

"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".

Agnew said Stephens was a petite 5-foot-1, no match for her burly 100-125 pound dogs. "Somethings not right with this story and they are euthanizing her babies", Norris wrote on a Change.org petition.

'Those dogs would not attack her, ' she said.

But Paul explained, "A lot of people are saying [the dogs] wouldn't guard if they killed, but the reality is if it's a resource, they may guard that as their food source or their toy the same way that a dog might guard a bone on a blanket".

The Mirror reports that the two animals are now in the care of Goochland Animal Control and will likely be put down.

One of Stephens' best friends says she does not believe the animals would have done anything to hurt her, considering that she had raised them since they were puppies. Eventually, the dogs were tranquilized by animal control and removed while officials collected 60 pieces of evidence from the horrific and grisly scene.

Norris says the dogs even slept in bed with Stephens at night. "In my 40 years of law enforcement, I've never seen anything quite like it. Hope I'd never see anything like it again".

Bethany Stephens suffered horrific injuries when she was reportedly mauled to death by her two pit bull dogs.

But Sheriff Agnew described the dogs as large and powerful pit bulls that might have been bred for dog fighting.

"That's not something I would normally see", said Valerie Paul, the master dog trainer from Richmond, adding that it's hard to determine what exactly happened without knowing Stephens' dogs.

According to Agnew, the area was covered in blood from where the local authorities found Bethany's dead body guarded by the dogs.

Other reports by Insurance News

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