“Tommie,” a male pit bull, was found in a park in Richmond, Virginia, covered with accelerator. The animal shelter that found him said that he was “intentionally lit on fire.”
(Richmond Animal Care and Control)
A Virginia animal shelter is asking for the public’s help to find someone who apparently put a dog in a fire in a park of the city.
The dog, a male brindle pit bull, was found tied to a pole in a park in Richmond, “which in accelerant and intentionally lit on fire,” Richmond Animal Care and Control wrote in a Facebook post on Monday.
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Witnesses told the shelter that a grown man “wearing multiple layers of pants” was spotted running from the area around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.
Officials in the asylum, which is the name of the dog Tommie, said that 40 percent of the body of the dog was burned, and he is treated in Virginia Veterinary Centres.
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Tuesday, Tommie was “doing ok. Just ok. Not much better, but luckily not much worse,” the shelter said.
People with information about the incident are asked to contact Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.