A man is facing charges after seven of his dogs escaped from their kennels and mauled a woman in her garden Monday.
Christopher Pope, 25, of Danville is charged with six counts of harboring a vicious animal and seven counts of second-degree cruelty to animals after his seven Presa Canario dogs chewed through the bottom of a fence and attacked Loretta Stevens, according to Danville police.
Stevens, 46, sustained "very, very, very severe" injuries to one arm and puncture wounds to her legs in the Monday attack, Sheriff Curt Folger told the Advocate-Messenger.
She was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital where she was listed in fair condition.
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Witnesses said Stevens had gone out to her garden when she was attacked by the dogs. Her own dogs reportedly fought back until law enforcement arrived.
Dan Turcea, director of Boyle County animal control, said that six dogs had been captured and were being held at the Lincoln County Animal Shelter. Turcea said one dog was shot and killed.
In April, Pope's Presa Canarios were seized by animal control and Pope was charged with multiple misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.
The dogs were held at the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society after they were removed from Pope's custody.
Pope pleaded guilty July 2 to 12 reduced counts of mistreatment of a dog or cat under a county ordinance and was fined.
The dogs were returned to Pope last week.
Following Pope's arrest Tuesday, Danville police executed a search warrant at a home on 635 Old Shakertown Road after they heard Pope had dogs living in very poor conditions. Officers and the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society removed five adult Presa Canarios, six Presa Canario puppies and a husky from the home, according to the Advocate-Messenger. The house was in horrible condition and was condemned, police said.
Pope was being held in the Lincoln County jail without bail.