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Virginia dog fighting to stay alive after being intentionally burned, police say

The dog is still fighting to stay alive after burns cover most of his body

Credit: Richmond Animal Care and Control

RICHMOND, Va. – A burned dog needs your help.  

Sunday night at 7:30 p.m., a brindle pit bull was tied to a pole, covered in accelerant, and intentionally set on fire in Abner Clay Park off the 200 block of West Clay St. in Richmond, according to Richmond Animal Care and Control. 

Witnesses saw a man wearing multiple layers of pants run from the scene towards Belvidere Street.

Richmond Animal Care and Control took in the dog and named him Tommie. He is currently fighting to stay alive. 

He is now being treated for burns that cover over 40 percent of his body at Virginia Veterinary Centers. They say it will be a long and expensive road to recovery. 

To help pay for Tommie's vet care, they are asking for donations to their RACC Foundation

If you have any information about this crime, call Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000 or submit your tip through the 3PTips.