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Dog Attack Near Belle Isle, More Information Sought

If you were walking near Reedy Creek on 9/18 around 6:30 PM give this a read.

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The following was posted on various neighborhood groups.

A runner was attacked by a dog last evening on the buttermilk trail near 22nd street.

Runner had passed the dog earlier as it walked quietly with its owner. The runner was finishing his run and was passing the unleashed dog (path narrows at this point on the trail) for the second time when the dog lunged and made contact, latching onto his knee and breaking skin.

The owner screamed at the runner that ‘he’ was the one to attack his dog and that if he stayed around another second, he would set the dog on him again so being threatened, the runner left the scene quickly since the dog was still snarling and lunging.

The incident took place on the trail between Reedy Creek and the bridge to Belle Isle….near the 22nd Street access to trail.

It took place at about 6:30 pm 9/18/2019

The dog is described as an all-black pit bull…very stocky and heavy…maybe 70-80 pounds. It was not leashed. Not sure if it was a male or female. Owner was a white male late 20’s early 30’s, crew cut hair. Tattoos front and back upper body and arms…about 150 pounds maybe 5’10” He was wearing white shorts and no shirt.

If you witnessed this incident and can help identify the owner and dog, proof of rabies is needed since the dog broke the skin.

Richmond requires all dogs to be leashed when off their own property. In my walks along Reedy Creek, Buttermilk, and Pony Pasture this is the most frequently broken rule I see.

Sec. 4-243. The free roaming of dogs is prohibited. … Dogs must be walked on a leash when off the owner’s property. The City of Richmond leash law does not apply to cats.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Westover Hills Elementary Teachers and Staff to “Parade” Through the Neighborhood

Don’t call the cops this parade will be from the safe distance of their autos and there will be no direct contact with any students.

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Friday don’t be surprised if you see a long line of cars snaking through your neighborhood. It’s just local teachers and staff saying goodbye for now to their students.

From Westover Hills Elementary:

Teachers and staff are going to PARADE all through our school’s zone tomorrow morning to say “Hi” and “Goodbye” 😢 to students at their homes from the responsible distance of their cars. They expect to be in our neighborhoods from about 9:20-11:00 AM. If you are home (like you should be!), step out on the porch and give a wave and a “thank you” (and don’t freak out if you see a whole bunch of cars driving slowly through the neighborhood in a long line)”.

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South of the James Farmers Market will be a Drive-thru Farmers Market this Saturday

Drive-Thru Market on Saturday, March 28th, 9 am – 1 pm. Pre-orders ONLY. Customers will not leave vehicles.

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There will be a Drive-thru South of the James Market on Saturday, March 28th, from 9 AM to 1 PM. There are some very important rules to follow for this to work. Pre-orders only from the specific vendor. Those vendors might have some of their own rules, follow them. Customers will not leave their cars. Reach out to the specific vendor for what they have and place your pre-order.

For this to work there can’t be cars just cruising the vendors to see what they can buy. Pre-order from the vendors directly. Most vendors are posting what they’ll have and how to pre-order at the South of the James Farmers Market Facebook.

It will be interesting to see how this works out with keeping traffic flowing and how many cars show up. I’m sure greater minds than I have a plan in place. There will be some hiccups, be patient, you will get your bread and salsa.

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Councilperson Stephanie Lynch taking Monthly Meeting to Facebook Live

The 5th District first Facebook Live meeting is on Thursday, March 26 at 6pm. The agenda will include COVID information, businesses relief efforts, extended tax deadlines, and community outreach/volunteering while practicing social distancing.

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Since meeting in person is obviously off the table 5th District Councilperson Stephanie Lynch is bringing her meeting to Facebook Live. This will be happening tomorrow, Thursday, March 26th, at 6 PM. It’s also worth reminding everyone that this is uncharted territory for most and there will be technology hiccups, leaders won’t have all the answers, and patience is more valuable (only slightly) than toilet paper.

Meeting Notice

We will be attempting our first Facebook Live meeting on Thursday, March 26 at 6pm. The agenda will include COVID information, businesses relief efforts, extended tax deadlines, and community outreach/volunteering while practicing social distancing.

Please comment in the event if you have a specific topic you would like covered. If we can not get to it we will try to include it in the April newsletter and on social media.

We’ll be loading a bunch of PSAs in this event for review and sharing.

We are thinking of all of you.

Best,
Stephanie & Amy

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