Police: NKY woman's scalp ripped off in violent attack by ex, his dog

Published: Sep. 24, 2015 at 4:50 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 24, 2015 at 9:27 PM EDT
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BOONE COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - A woman's scalp was ripped off her head in an attack by her ex-boyfriend and his dog, according to Boone County officials.

Police said Zachary Gross, 30, severely injured Marilyn Stanley inside his Walton, Ky. home on Sept. 14.

After physically abusing Stanley for nearly an hour, Gross urged his dog to attack the woman after she refused to drop a knife she had picked up in self defense, said Boone County Sheriff's spokesperson Tom Scheben.

The dog tore off part of Stanley's ear and scalp. Investigators say after the incident, Gross forced Stanley to look at herself in the mirror, ridiculing her appearance.

With a portion of her scalp in a plastic bag, Gross drove Stanley to her mother's Union home and dropped her off in the front yard.

Hospital staff said 80 percent of Stanley's scalp was completely detached from her head, according to police documents. The attack also left her with eyes swollen to the size of baseballs and a broken nose.

Stanley says Gross became upset with her about a Facebook post.

"It was shocking, I didn't expect it, I didn't expect it at all," Stanley told FOX19 NOW.

Stanley has undergone at least two surgeries, according to a GoFundMe page set up to cover her medical expenses.

The GoFundMe, named 'Fight back for Marilyn Stanley' has raised more than $7,000 in one day. The money will go toward her medical expenses.

Zachary Gross, 30, was arraigned in a Boone County courtroom Thursday morning. He is charged with assault and harboring a vicious animal.

The dog has been classified as a vicious animal and was sent to the pound, according to Scheben.

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