Woman mauled to death by her dogs

Woman mauled to death by her dogs

"Somethings not right with this story and they are euthanizing her babies", she wrote on the page. Nothing that said she was shot.

Stephens' friend Barbara Norris was among those who weren't convinced by authorities' account of her death, saying the dogs, which Stephens had been raising since they were puppies, would never turn on her, ABC affiliate WRIC reported.

"It was an absolutely grisly mauling", Sheriff Agnew said.

Bethany Lynn Stephens, 22, was found dead in a "grisly" scene on Thursday night, two days after she was last seen heading out to walk her dogs in the woods near her Goochland, Virginia home.

He released details not previously released after a long discussion with Stephens' family. Deputies witnessed the animals eating Stephens' rib cage; her body was dismembered and she was found completely naked except for one boot.

The medical examiner said Stephens had defensive wounds on her hands and arms from fighting off the dogs.

Certified master dog trainer Valerie Paul did not know Stephens, Pac-Man, or Tonka, but has testified in multiple court cases and has been deemed an expert by the court system.

She says she's going to do whatever it takes to make sure investigators have exhausted all possibilities.

Sadly, the sheriff says that wasn't possible, because the injuries were so extensive, there was nothing left to compare. "I think there probably was some sort of outside influence - but not necessarily another animal or anything like that - just something that could have enticed the dogs to get overexcited and react the way dogs will".

They were turned over to animal control and were euthanized Saturday, KTLA reports.

"We have been able to follow that up today, and we have determined that that is false", Agnew said.

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Sgt. Mike Blackwood, of the sheriff's office, has a theory. The indoor dogs were then held up outside "in the cold" in a small kennel.

He discovered her dogs in the woods, and he told the sheriff's office the dogs appeared to be "guarding" Bethany's body, according to WTVR. She was in the area visiting with her father.

There is also no evidence that she had been sexually assaulted, authorities said.

"This was such a huge lifestyle change", Paul explained.

"They were very large dogs".

Investigators say the animals became more and more isolated from their owner.

Agnew said that they also didn't believe she'd been killed by a person.

Many suspected that someone else killed her and doubted that the dogs were responsible.

"There is a lot of speculation ... but you can't blame the breed", Paul said. "I hope I never see anything like it again".

"If you have concerns, talk to a trainer", Paul added. Now, investigators are looking for someone to perform a necropsy on the dogs.

'What I observed personally, it was in the community's best interest, ' Agnew said. 'Once a dog tastes human flesh it is not safe to have that dog around humans'. The victim had no broken bones.