Pregnant woman fights off dogs attacking city worker
By Andrew Keller, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
TV5's Andrew Keller talks with Deshonda Williams, who came to a city worker's rescue on Tuesday.
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -
A Saginaw City worker was attacked by dogs on the 2000 block of Oakwood Drive in the city Tuesday morning.
Two pitbulls and a pitbull-boxer mix mauled the water department worker about 11 a.m.
"I came basically in just the nick of time," she said.
Deshonda Williams, 21, said she was sitting in her living room when she heard the commotion outside. She looked out the window and saw a man being attacked by dogs in her neighbor's yard. That's when she took matters into her own hands.
"I got the shovel in this hand and the phone in the other, and I'm telling them where I'm at, 2000 Oakwood, and I'm telling them where to come, because the man is getting eaten up by the dogs," said Williams.
She said there were three dogs and they were not letting up. She recognized the animals.
"I haven't ever seen them bite anybody. That's the first time I've ever seen them bite somebody," said Williams, who lives next door.
She said they're typically leashed up next door but Tuesday, they somehow got loose. She said seeing the man being attacked caused her protection instincts to kick in.
"Eight months," the pregnant woman laughed. "And I came running down the stairs to save this man's life."
She took her snow shovel and began hitting the dogs until they backed off. After they retreated, she tended to the person who was attacked, who turned out to be a city water department employee.
"This is the handy shovel right here," Williams said as she pointed to the snow shovel.
She used a towel to help the man stop bleeding. An ambulance then rushed him to the hospital. Saginaw police say he's going to be OK and Williams, with the help of her shovel, will be too.
"I'm just glad he's alive and safe and not dead, thanks to those rascals next door," said Williams.
As far as the three dogs, they'll spend at least 10 days at the Saginaw County Animal Care Center in quarantine. The investigation into who owns the dogs will continue. After the 10 days, the shelter will then determine the dogs' fates.
The city worker was treated at Covenant Hospital and released. He is expected to undergo further treatment on Wednesday.
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