$10,000 Reward To Find Monster That Tied A Pit Bull To A Pole And Set Him On Fire

Dogs offer nothing but love, yet some heartless monsters intentionally harm them.

A brindle Pit bull was found tied to a pole with burns covering over 40% of his body, after a cruel person intentionally lit him on fire. The heartbreaking incident happened in Virginia at Abner Clay Park.

Richmond Animal Care and Control took the dog in for emergency medical treatment and posted, “We need your help. Last night (2/10/19) at 7:30pm 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.”

Photos: Facebook/Richmond Animal Care and Control


The shelter named the dog Tommie and made a plea for help to cover the medical bills and find the monster responsible. Tommy is in critical condition with over 40% of his body burned.

Amber Carter, veterinary assistant at Virginia Veterinary Centers posted, “Seriously hope they find the person who hurt this poor boy! I met him last night while at work and all night he wagged his tail and wanted someone to just love on him!”

Thousands of people are outraged. Many have donated to help cover the medical bills, and a reward of $10,000 has been raised to find the person responsible and prosecute them.

Photo: Facebook/Richmond Animal Care and Control

RACC posted on Monday, “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.”

Tommie is still in critical condition and has only made tiny improvements over the past few days. There is still a chance that he will not survive the extensive damage the flames did to his body. The sweet boy has thousands of people pulling for him and he is receiving the best care.

The shelter continues to update their followers on Tommie’s condition. The most recent post stated, “It’s not great. He is stable but new burn wounds have presented and old wounds have worsened and almost his entire body is now effected. His pain is being managed and he’s comfortable but our plans for treatment are changing.”

Photos: Facebook/Richmond Animal Care and Control


VCU Evans-Haynes Burn Center is now examining Tommie and seeing if they can help. “Please know that recovery may not be an option but we are exploring every opportunity to find the best solution for our Tommie.”

The investigation is still ongoing and officials are asking people to call Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000 or submit your tip through the 3PTips. Witnesses reported a male suspect wearing multiple layers of pants running from the scene. “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.”

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Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast who lives in West Michigan. Her horse and 3 dogs are her children. She loves to write and share her knowledge of equine and canine nutrition. In her spare time she likes to volunteer with animal rescues, camp with her husband and dogs, and trail ride with her horse.
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