Dog tied to pole, set on fire in Richmond

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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) -- A dog that was tied to a pole and intentionally set on fire is being cared for by Richmond Animal Care and Control.

RACC said the dog, a male pit bull, was tied up in Abner Clay Park off Clay Street on Sunday night, covered with an accelerant and set on fire.

The dog, which has been named Tommie, suffered burns to more than 40 percent of his body.

Witnesses said a man wearing multiple layers of pants was seen running from the area towards Belvidere Street.

RACC said firefighters had to extinguish the flames while the dog was still burning. The shelter is hoping to save the dog, but said his survival is day to day. If he lives, RACC officials say the recovery will long and expensive, thousands of dollars. They are asking for the public’s help.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.