Bethany Stephens

When Bethany Lynn Stephens, of Glen Allen, Va., was mauled to death last week by her 2 pit bulls while out for a walk, rumors swirled that she was killed by a different predator -- perhaps a bear or coyote.

The rumors were so widespread on social media that Goochland County Sheriff Jim Agnew decided to reveal information that his office had withheld from the public.

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A 9-year-old girl was mauled to death by a pit bull as she played in a backyard in Long Island over the weekend.

Amiyah Kayla Dunston was visiting her biological father when a pit bull named Kane charged at her around 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Amiyah was in the backyard playing with two girls -- 8 and 9 -- when she was attacked by the pit. Neighbors were unable to pull the dog off of her.

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pit bull atack

A Bronx woman is under arrest for "intentionally" unleashing her 2 pit bulls to maul a 62-year-old man.

The bloody attack happened outside a Catholic church in the Belmont section of Bronx, NY on Friday.

According to CNN.com, Cynthia Oliver was arguing with Francesco Bove when she suddenly let her 2 pit bulls off their leashes.

The dogs immediately pounced on Bove, biting off one of his ears and ripping chunks of flesh from his limbs.

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Sics pit bulls on reporter

A Providence, Rhode Island, mother is under arrest for siccing her two pit bulls on a pushy reporter.

Melissa Lawrence's teenage daughter, Ny'Asia, was shot during a family member's kindergarten graduation party, reports local ABC affiliate WLNE.

Things got nasty when WLNE reporter Abbey Niezgoda showed up at Lawrence's front door to get a reaction to the shooter's arrest.

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toddler mauled by family pet

The father of a toddler killed by the family's pit bull is offering a warning to dog owners with small children.

“Those dogs cannot be domesticated. They cannot,” Jeremiah Rutledge told Channel 2 Action News.

Rutledge's 2-year-old son, Bo, was mauled to death inside his Sierra Trail townhome in south Fulton County on April 24.

“He was a very playful person, and loving, he had the prettiest smile. He had two dimples right here,” Rutledge said.

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toddler mauled by family pet

A 2-year-old boy was mauled to death by a dog inside his home in south Fulton County, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The toddler was attacked around 1 p.m. inside his Sierra Trail townhome. The boy's mother was using the restroom when the attack occurred. “She advised it happened fast,” Fulton County Police Detective Melissa Parker told the AJC. “It was an obvious death once the mother came out of the restroom.”

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