Dog involved in deadly mauling was previously aggressive, sheriff says

Woman's body found Dec. 14


GOOCHLAND, Va. – One of the dogs believed to have mauled a 22-year-old Virginia woman to death had an alleged history of aggression, according to NBC12.

Goochland County Sheriff James Agnew told the Richmond NBC affiliate that once the previous owner became pregnant and did not feel comfortable with the dog being around, she returned it.

Agnew said the two dogs that mauled Bethany Stephens were littermates and are currently in the lab awaiting a necropsy. Agnew said the necropsy will not happen until after Christmas, according to NBC12.

Stephens' body was found just after 8:15 p.m. on Dec. 14 in a remote area in the 2200 block of Manakin Road in Goochland County.

According to police, the woman's father reported her missing and called 911, saying he hadn't seen his daughter in nearly two days. He went to look for her where she frequently walked her dogs in the woods.

Agnew said her body was being guarded by two very large pit bulls.

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