RICHMOND, Va. — A dog was intentionally set on fire in a Richmond park on Sunday, and police are looking for who did it.
The Richmond Animal Care and Control said a male brindle pit bull, with a camo collar, was tied to a pole in Abner Clay Park off the 200 Block of W Clay Street, covered in accelerant, and intentionally set on fire.
Witnesses said they saw a man, wearing multiple layers of pants, run from the scene.
At the shelter, the dog has been named Tommie. He is currently being treated for burns over 40 percent of his body at Virginia Veterinary Centers.
Richmond Animal Care and Control said it will be a long and expensive road to recovery for Tommie, and they are asking for donations.
On Wednesday, the RACC said that Tommie is not great, and recovery might not be an option. New burn wounds are resent on his body, and the old wounds have worsened, and now his whole body is now effected.
In a statement on Facebook, Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC) said: "I have to say that 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."
If anyone has information about this crime, or who might be Tommie's owner, they are asked to contact the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804)780-1000.