A Lincoln County woman injured in Monday's dog attack is expected to be going home from the on Thursday.
Loretta Stevens, 46, is slowly recovering and will be released from the University of Kentucky Chandler Regional as soon as an air conditioner in her home is repaired.
Stevens, who lives on Julian Lane in Lincoln County, was brutally attacked Monday by seven Presa Canarios owned by Christopher Pope. The attack came just five days after the dogs were released into Pope's possession by Boyle District Court and moved to Lincoln County.
Stevens suffered severe trauma to her arm, as well as puncture wounds to her legs and buttocks. She was flown to the U.K. hospital.
According to daughter Trivia Hebrock, Stevens has more than 100 puncture wounds on her body, including a very severely wounded left arm.
It tooknearly five hours to clean and close up the wounds with hundreds of stitches, said Hebrock.
Hebrock praised her mother for her quick-thinking during the attack, saying she has always been a very strong, smart woman who knew just what to do when the dogs came after her.
"We've been around dogs our whole lives," said Hebrock. "She knew what to do and didn't panic. Anyone else wouldn't have done as well, I don't think."
Hebrock said it's sad, however, to see the fear that remains in the wake of the brutal attack.
"She's scared," said Hebrock. "She has nightmares, and she's still scared of the dogs, even though she's always been a rock. I've never seen her like this. Those dogs petrified her."
Despite physical and emotional wounds, Hebrock said her mother is a fighter and believes she will bounce back from the ordeal.
"She made us take a picture of her smiling at the hospital," said Hebrock. "She's smiling, but that doesn't mean she's not hurting. Her arm is really bothering her, not just from the pain, but from the look of it. But, it still works and she's alive. That's what we keep telling her. It's gonna take awhile, but I know she'll be better soon. She's strong."
STEVENS ALSO IS UNDERGOING A COURSE OF RABIES SHOTS AS A RESULT OF THE DOG ATTACK. ACCORDING TO KATHY NELSEN, DIRECTOR OF DANVILLE-BOYLE COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY, ANIMAL CONTROL WAS PREVENTED FROM GIVING THE DOGS RABIES SHOTS WHILE UNDER THEIR CARE BECAUSE THE ANIMALS ARE PRIVATE PROPERTY.
On Tuesday, Danville police arrested Pope at a residence at 635 Shakertown Rd. and officers executed a search warrant at the premises.
During the search, a dozen dogs, including six Presa Canario puppies, were discovered and removed from the home by Boyle County Animal Control. The dogs were transferred to the Boyle County Animal Shelter, where they will remain until officials determine their fate.
In the hours following the arrest, investigators continued to search the premises, which is owned by Bobby Joe Record. It is expected that further charges will be brought against Pope in Boyle.
Danville Code Enforcement officers condemned the home on Shakertown Road because of the unhealthy conditions inside.
According to Assistant Police Chief Robert Estill, the state of the home was "deplorable," adding, "I fully expect to replace some officers' clothing."
In Lincoln County, Pope is facing charges of harboring vicious animals and cruelty to animals second degree. He is being held at Lincoln County Regional Jail awaiting an arraignment on Thursday.
ACCORDING TO COURT RECORDS, POPE HAS A LONG HISTORY OF DEALING IN NARCOTICS. HE WAS CONVICTED OF TRAFFICKING IN COCAINE IN JESSAMINE COUNTY IN 2010 AND OF THE SAME OFFENSE IN BOYLE COUNTY IN 2011. HE IS CURRENTLY UNDER INDICTMENT IN FAYETTE COUNTY FOR TRAFFICKING IN AN UNSPECIFIED CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AND BEING A PERSISTENT FELONY OFFENDER.