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A 22-year-old Woman in Virginia is Horrifically Killed by her Two Pet Pit Bulls

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

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Bethany Lynn Stephens, age 22, was found dead in a horrific scene at about 8:15 p.m. Thursday, December 14, 2017, in a wooded area near her father’s home in Goochland County, Virginia. She had gone on a walk with her two pit bulls the day before and hadn’t returned. The dogs were with Stephens’ body and exhibited behaviors that have sent shockwaves across the world. Investigators have verified that the pit bulls were unquestionably responsible for her death. Sheriff Jim Agnew had permission from Stephens’ family; and he released graphic photos of the gruesome scene where Stephen’s body was found, which was unprecedented.

Members of the community suggested foul play in Stephens’ death, including the claim that there had been death threats against her. Although investigators say they are looking into those threats, there has been allegedly conclusive evidence that the dogs caused her death.

Stephens’ clothes had been shredded from her body, and the only article of clothing remaining was one boot. She had extensive wounds on her chest, face, and arms. The bites were found to be consistent with dog bites, not a larger animal.

Stephens had raised the dogs from the time they were puppies. They were littermates. Although she had shown a great deal of affection for the dogs and had raised them to live inside the home with her, in recent times, the dogs were caged outside on her father’s property. The dogs were euthanized on December 16.

The nature of this fatal pit bull attack is sensational, and it has garnered a great deal of attention from pit bull advocates who insist that the dogs were not to blame and the breed is no inherent threat.

Statistics tell a different story. Pit bulls are responsible for the clear majority of all fatal dog attacks every year, and no other breed comes anywhere close to being as deadly. This year alone, pit bulls have killed 28 people.

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