KSP: Woman used pit bull as weapon in Rockcastle Co. man’s death

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The scene of a fatal dog attack in Rockcastle County (WDKY)

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The coroner says a man has died following a dog attack in northern Rockcastle County.

Rockcastle County Coroner Marvin Owens said he was called to a home on US 25 in Conway Friday morning for a reported fatal dog attack.

When state police arrived, they say they found a very aggressive pit bull next to a truck. Troopers say they were forced to shoot it.

Late Friday, KSP troopers told FOX 56 they charged Melissa Wolke with murder in the man’s death.  They say Wolke used the dog as a weapon to help her attack the victim.  They also say she refused to give the dog commands to back off.

The victim was identified as Donald W. Abner, 55, of Richmond. Abner was pronounced dead at the scene by the Rockcastle Coroner’s Office.

The coroner tells us it appears the dog bit the man. Troopers say it looked like the bites were near the neck and face.

According to an arrest citation, Rockcastle dispatch received a call after a neighbor witnessed a woman jumping up and down on another person, and assaulting him. The witness says that Wolke was punching the victim, giving commands to a large dog to get it to attack the man. The arrest citation states that Wolke was belligerent and aggressive around troopers at the scene.

WDKY spoke to neighbors across the street who say they didn’t know the people who lived at the home but say in the past few weeks they’ve heard several gunshots.

“At night time I’ve been hearing several gunshots going up and down this road over l here,” said Jerry Merritt. I” don’t know what they’re shooting at or for the fun of it or what.”

State police were at the scene for several hours.

A veterinarian was called to the scene to pick up the dead pit bull and test it for rabies.  The victim’s body was also sent to Frankfort for an autopsy.

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