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Police: Pit bull that mauled woman had history of aggression

GOOCHLAND, Va. (AP) — One of the pit bulls that authorities say mauled a Virginia woman to death had a history of aggression.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Goochland County Sheriff James Agnew says the pit bull, named Pacman, had previously been adopted and returned because of concerning behavior.

Authorities believe Bethany Lynn Stephens, 22, was mauled by her two pit bulls while out on a walk last week. Investigators said the petite woman of about 100 pounds was killed by the dogs, which had a combined weight of about twice hers.

Agnew said Pacman’s previous owner returned him after he “snapped at her a couple of times.” Agnew said the investigation continues into the death, which has garnered international attention.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,

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