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A Kentucky woman is accused of jumping on top of a man and ordering her pitbull to maul him in a vicious attack that left the 55-year-old dead.
Melissa Wolke, 38, is now facing murder charges after the Kentucky State Police said officers arrived at the scene on Pug Lane in Conway Friday morning to find Wolke on top of the man, punching him, while the dog was attacking alongside her, local station WTVQ reports.
Police tased Wolke in an attempt to stop the attack; however, she allegedly refused to call off her dog. The responding officer “had no option but to eliminate the dog,” fatally shooting it, according to a report obtained by NBC News.
A witness at the scene told police he overheard Wolke give the dog “commands to attack,” the report said.
The victim, later identified as Donald W. Abner, died at the scene from his extensive injuries.
The coroner told local station WKYT that the man had suffered dog bites. Troopers described the bites as near the man’s neck and face.
Wolke, who had blood on her hands and feet, told troopers at the scene she was “going ‘redneck’” on the victim and also allegedly admitted to releasing her pitbull on the man, according to the report. She was also holding a clump of hair that was believed to belong to the victim.
Neighbors who lived across the street from Wolke’s home told WKYT that they had heard gunshots on the street in the past few weeks.
“At night time, I’ve been hearing several gunshots going up and down this road over here,” Jerry Merritt said. “I don’t know what they’re shooting at or for the fun of it or what.”
It's unclear whether that's connected with the incident early Friday morning.
Officials said they now plan to test the pitbull’s body for rabies.
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