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Rottweilers attack Petersburg man

PETERSBURG, Va (WTVR) — A Petersburg man is angry with police after he was attacked by two dogs and wound up in the emergency room.

Overy Roney was walking from his house to a nearby store around 11:30 a.m. on Friday when he said a pair of 100-pound Rottweilers rushed him, penned him against a fence on Morton Avenue, and bit him on the arm.

Roney said a man down the street saw the dogs sprinting towards him, but could not stop them. Eventually, Roney and the other man were able to fight the dogs off.

“I wondered if they were going to kill me or not,” said Roney.  “They must have been going for my throat because I threw my hands up trying to keep them from jumping in my face.”

Roney went the emergency room at Southside Regional Medical Center and got six to eight stitches in his arm, which was noticeably swollen under a bandage.

At the hospital, an employee told him a police officer would come by to take down a report on the incident.  When that did not happen, Roney said he left the hospital and went to Petersburg Police Headquarters with his daughter.

He was told an officer would come to his house to take the report, but Roney said 24 hours later that still had not happened.

“They haven’t told me anything.  I don’t know if the dogs have rabies or not.  They haven’t got back to me on anything,” said Roney.

CBS 6 called and emailed officials with the Petersburg Police Department to find out more about the incident and why no one took Roney’s report.  On Saturday, those calls and messages were not returned.

As for where the Rottweilers came from, Roney said he does not know.  He had never seen the dogs before and said the owner of the animals had not attempted to contact him.

Roney’s wife spoke with an animal control officer on the phone Saturday.  She was told they had captured one of the dogs, but she said animal control had no further details on the incident.

Roney said on Sunday that he was told the other animal is being kept inside by its owner. He plans on meeting that owner on Monday.

No charges are expected to be filed.

Doctors gave Roney a list of procedures to take care of his wounds.  His physicians told him within 48 hours they need to know whether either of the dogs has rabies to determine Roney’s treatment options.

The only thing Roney said he is certain of is the pain in his arm from his wounds.

“I hope this doesn’t happen to nobody else like that,” said Roney.

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