‘They circled me like lions’: Henrico woman, son say dogs threaten their safety

Henrico woman says vicious dogs roaming her neighborhood

HENRICO, Va. (WWBT) - A woman called for help after she said there is a major problem in her neighborhood off Mechanicsville Turnpike in Henrico.

Rhonda Williams says she is doing her part to keep the neighborhood beautiful, and now a new problem is growing.

“I ought to be able to come in my yard and work in my garden without worrying about a dog jumping me from behind when I’m trying to put a flower in the ground,” Williams said.

Williams said roaming pit bulls in her neighborhood are making it hard to live.

She said her son was attacked while heading to work out in a nearby park Wednesday.

“He called me and said, ‘Mom, I just got attacked by two pit bulls and I had to fight them off,’” Williams said.

Rhonda Williams works in her yard, just like she does every day, but she says dogs in her neighborhood have made that activity dangerous.
Rhonda Williams works in her yard, just like she does every day, but she says dogs in her neighborhood have made that activity dangerous. (Source: NBC12)

She said he was walking near the intersection of Hartman Road and Elridge Road when he was attacked by the dogs.

“He said they circled me like lions in Africa. He said ‘they circled me,’” Williams said.

We found her son walking back from the park. He didn’t want to be identified but said the situation could have easily been worse than it was.

“Two big pit dogs. Vicious dogs. It’s terrible,” he said. “If I didn’t have my knife on me in my pocket then I would have been a mangled mess. I was able to fight them off with a knife.”

Williams watches young children during the day and said she was attacked in April.

“It just bothered me because we have been having these issues for three weeks, and we have been having these issues with stray dogs - stray pit bulls,” Williams said. “Me and the kids getting the kids out of the truck. It came from all the way over there and into my driveway and growled at me. I had a problem with that. He had two more behind him while he was growling at me."

Henrico Police confirm they did respond to the alleged attack.

“They did catch the dogs,” Williams said.

Even though she says those two animals are off the streets, she knows there are more out there.

“The dogs don’t care. It’s not the dogs’ fault. It’s the owners,” Williams said. “You got undisciplined dogs, then you need to keep them on a leash, in your house or in a fence where they can’t get out."

So what do you do if you find stray dogs? Well first, if you think you’re in danger, call 911.

If you want to report the animals, call your local animal control.

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