An animal shelter has launched an enchantment to assist discover a man who set a canine on hearth at a park in Virginia.
The Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC) mentioned the male brindle pit bull was discovered tied to a pole in Abner Clay Park after being coated in accelerant and set alight on February 10.
The pit bull, which has since been named Tommie by the RACC, suffered burns to 40 p.c of his physique on account of the “evil, senseless act of violence.”
“We don’t get rattled by much at RACC, and have witnessed many ugly cases, but this one makes us want to just sit on the floor and cry,” the shelter mentioned in a statement.
“Thank you to our partners at City of Richmond, VA Fire Department and Richmond Police Department for your incredible help and quick response to this call.”
Christie Chipps Peters, of the RACC, advised WWBT how firefighters “literally opened their bay doors and saw him on fire and ran across the street” to save lots of the canine.
In a follow-up assertion, the RACC mentioned Tommie is now in a secure situation having being handled at Virginia Veterinary Centers and that he desires to say thanks to everybody for the “love and help” he has obtained.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing a person sporting “multiple layers of pants” run from the scene towards Belvidere Street after setting the canine alight, in accordance with the RACC.
The shelter is urging anybody who may help the investigation to return ahead
“ANY information, anything you saw, anyone you suspect, if you have ever seen this dog, please call or message it in—no information is insignificant. We want to find the person responsible for this heinous crime,” the RACC mentioned.
The RACC can also be asking folks to think about making a donation to assist pay for Tommie’s medical payments as it will likely be a “long and expensive road to recovery for this sweet dog.”
Tony Rolando, a neighborhood resident who owns two pit bulls, mentioned he’s hopeful that the offender will probably be caught.
“They’re bad people in the world. They do bad things, but with social media and how knowledge can be passed along quickly, they’re the ones that need to be worried,” Rolando advised the Richmond-Times Dispatch.
“There are a lot of people that care and will not accept this.”
Anyone with any details about this crime ought to name Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or submit their tip by 3PTips.
The pit bull suffered burns to 40 p.c of his physique after being set on hearth at a park in Richmond, Virginia. RACC