The two dogs accused of mauling to death a Virginia woman while she had been out in the woods walking this week have been euthanized. On Sunday morning, the Law Offices of Matthew Albert Esq. posted the tragic news on Facebook:
“UPDATE: dogs have been killed. Confirmed by the sheriffs department. I will leave this up for awhile and then delete the post as it obviously is no longer applicable. I think a grave injustice has been done here, and a murderer may be walking free… but there is no undoing it at this point. What a tragedy. I apologize for getting people’s hopes up… all reports were that euthanasia was pending… not that it had already happened…”
Prior to the news, the law office had been hoping to get the dogs to safety:
“Our rescue (Against All Oddz Animal Alliance Inc.) and law practice will be seeking to get these dogs out of harms way ASAP so that this lovely woman can Rest in Peace….”
Bethany Lynn Stephens, 22, was found dead, in what has been described as a “grisly” scene last Thursday evening – two days after she was last seen taking her two bully breed dogs for a walk in her Goochland neighborhood. According to the Richmond Times Dispatch, Bethany’s father found her body being guarded by the “very large, brindle-colored pit bull dogs.” Goochland County Sheriff James L. Agnew, stated in his nearly 40 years in law enforcement, he had never seen anything quite like this. At the scene, police gathered shredded pieces of clothing covered with blood for evidence.
Many animal behaviorists, friends of Bethany and veterinarians believe there was much more to this story. A family friend, Barbara Norris told CBS6News, that she did not believe the dogs would kill Bethany; both dogs slept with her in bed every night.
“Those dogs would not attack her,” Barbara said. “They’d kill you with kisses.”
Dr. Amy Learn, a veterinarian who did not know Bethany nor the dogs, also found it very strange for dogs to overtly attack their owner unless there was some kind of provocation leading to the dogs’ aggression which caused fear.
“Was there somebody else there? Were they being attacked by somebody? Were they trying to defend themselves and their owner from somebody else, from a wild animal? Was it actually something else that attacked the owner? Were there stray dogs, coyotes [or] something else in the woods?” Learn asked during the Cbs6News interview.
Dogs can’t talk, and we may never know the real story why Bethany died and her dogs killed shortly afterwards. May you all rest in peace. Surely more could have been done to discover the real truth. Bethany and her dogs deserved so much more.
(Photo of Virginia woman and dogs via FB)
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