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#1 RipperJack

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Posted 13 February 2019 - 12:46 AM

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"Tommie," a male pit bull, was found at a park in Richmond, Virginia, covered in accelerant. The animal shelter that took him in said he was "intentionally lit on fire." (Richmond Animal Care and Control)

A Virginia animal shelter is asking for the public's help looking for someone who apparently lit a dog on fire at a city park.

The dog, a male brindle pit bull, was found tied to a pole at a park in Richmond, "covered 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 an adult male "wearing multiple layers of pants" was spotted running from the area around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Officials at the shelter, who named the dog Tommie, said that 40 percent of the dog's body was burned, and he is being treated at Virginia Veterinary Centers.

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As of Tuesday, Tommie was "doing ok. Just ok. Not much better but thankfully not much worse," the shelter said.

Those with information on the incident are urged to contact the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.


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