Good Samaritan saves Richmond teen from ‘vicious’ Boston Terrier attack

Posted at 7:17 PM, May 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-15 19:23:48-04

RICHMOND, Va. – A good Samaritan is being credited for saving a Richmond teenager from an uncertain fate after the girl was attacked by a pair of Boston Terriers while she was walking to the bus stop Friday morning.

"I thought they were going to rip my face off," 15-year-old Donnisha Daniels told WTVR CBS 6 News reporter Sandra Jones.

Donnisha said she was walking to the bus stop in her Church Hill neighborhood when she came face-to-face with what she described as two vicious dogs.

"I got really scared and I was crying." Donnisha said. "It was right there in front of me and it was just barking at me. I just started backing up slowly -- trying not to get scared or anything -- and then they started getting closer and closer."

Donnisha Daniels

Donnisha said she tried to keep the animals at bay, but that they eventually attacked. When they started nipping, Donnisha said that a good Samaritan who saw what was happening stepped in to help.

"He was like, 'Get in the car, get in the car," Donnisha said. "I think if that man didn't come, I would've been in bad shape."

She was left with bite marks on the back of her leg and arm that required three stitches.

Richmond's Animal Care and Control responded to a home about two blocks away from where the attack unfolded.

Donnisha Daniels and Devance Johnson.

Devance Johnson, Donnisha's father, said that dogs' owner said that the animals somehow got out of the fence and ran into the street.

While Johnson is comforted that the animals are not rabid, he said he will no longer let his daughter walk alone.

"I'm going to have to walk with her in the morning to the bus stop," Johnson said. "Yeah, I told her to make sure she has a little stick next time."

A city spokesperson said that the dogs, which were placed under home quarantine, are up-to-date on their rabies shots and licenses.

WTVR CBS 6 reached out to the animals' owner for a comment, but had not heard back as of 7 p.m. Friday.



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