Dogs are said to be men's best friends but to Bethany Lynn Stephens, they turned out to be her worst nightmare.

What started as a normal outing ended tragic for the woman.

Bethany was taking her dogs out for a walk in Goochland, in the US state of Virginia, when they attacked her. 

Her dad called the emergency services at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday after she hadn’t returned from walking the dogs. 

Then he went looking for her in the area where she often walked the dogs and found the disturbing scene. Bethany was found with horrific head and throat injuries while the dogs stood guarding her body aggressively.

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Her body was found "guarded by two very large, brindle-colored pit bull dogs" on Thursday, Goochland County Sheriff James L. 

Agnew said during a news conference on Friday. Sheriff’s deputies arrived and spent around an hour to 90 minutes trying to catch the pit bulls, before Bethany’s body was taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office.

He said it was not clear why the dogs attacked Stephens. Police said they suspected the dogs had been bred to fight. Her cause of death was "consistent with being mauled by the dogs," reports said. 

The dogs are now being held by Goochland County Animal Control, and the sheriff’s office will now order them to be euthanized, reports said.


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