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Animal Cruelty Alert: Richmond dog intentionally set on fire after being tied to pole

This is not in Church Hill but our neighbors in Jackson Ward. Sharing this because there is an opportunity for you to help with the costs of care if you can. Please report animal cruelty!

If you have information about this crime call Metro Richmond Crime Stoppersat 780-1000 or submit your tip through the 3PTips. 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 are astounded at the overwhelming generosity and kindness that Tommie has inspired. RACC has received so many…

Posted by Richmond Animal Care and Control on Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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Eric S. Huffstutler 02/11/2019 at 6:05 PM

I hope they find the son of a bitch to tie them to a pole and set their ass on fire!

reeltime 02/11/2019 at 6:47 PM

Wow,can,t make this up.Why?

kay 02/11/2019 at 6:55 PM

OMG…This is a horrendous act of cruelty. The thing responsible for this should be subject to public stoning.

Who do we contact to offer financial support for this pup?

CHPN ADMIN 02/11/2019 at 8:07 PM Reply
Mary Anne 02/11/2019 at 7:22 PM

Unbelievable. This person is sick and twisted. Anyone that could do something like that to a living creature is a sociopath & until he’s caught & locked up or dead there is a chance he’ll do it again. Please post any updates you get about this case.if anyone thinks offering a reward would lead to findinf this sick person I would like to know. I’ll get to work raising some $ based on feedback. I just don’t know whar is more important- catching this guy or paying this little pitty’s Vet bills. Can someone from RACC weigh in?

Z 02/11/2019 at 8:17 PM

@1 Yes! But I worry that might be too nice of a punishment.

Everyone please donate to help this pup. I sure will be.

Michael Nesossis 02/11/2019 at 9:03 PM

Humans can be so cruel. For no other reason other than to be.

Norine Holt-Houchens 02/11/2019 at 9:41 PM

His is So cruel and Heartbreaking I hope they catch the S.O.B ???

25the Street Michael N. 02/12/2019 at 10:11 AM

I have to agree with everyone on this. I read about this poor guy last night on Facebook.
There is NO need for this.
Citation, a few days in jail, none of that is enough punishment for the person who did this.

Wendy Gayle March 02/12/2019 at 1:38 PM

You know exactly who does this sort of thing

Wendy Gayle March 02/12/2019 at 10:25 PM

A piece of feces!

Joan shaffer 02/12/2019 at 8:02 PM

The sick bastard needs to be caught and prosecuted to the fullest. Do the same thing to him/her eye for an eye. This poor dog was so defenseless. This is so cruel and it saddens me that people would do this type of thing…???????

Martha Burford 02/13/2019 at 10:15 AM

Prayers for Tommie. I live in Lexington and sent what I could do his medical fund. I believe RACC also posted a link to a growing reward fund for leads to catching the perpetrator.

Eric S. Huffstutler 02/13/2019 at 11:45 AM

Probably someone who fights dogs and this one lost and is how these cruel bastards treat them.

I see that his burns are getting worse instead of better and the hospital said that he may not make it. When a human is burned that badly, it is very hard and pneumonia usually sets in too complicating an already compromising situation. He can’t even eat because the inside of his mouth is severely burned.

Again, here is where you can donate and put that the funds are for Tommie (the name they gave him) in the notes. Any funds that remain will go towards other emergency cases.…/s/KEpkdPuIvX_oxJrzG7Ov8A

Eric S. Huffstutler 02/13/2019 at 2:04 PM


Tommie is not doing well and though everyone wants him to pull through, his prognosis is not good. They even called in burn unit specialists from MCV and they are not hopeful that he will recover. Prayers and Positive Energy needed as well as donations.

When a body is burned that bad, there are high risks of infections, fluid buildup, pneumonia, and the body shutting down.

Eric S. Huffstutler 02/13/2019 at 11:41 PM

@13 Martha Burford

Yes, there is a Reward Fund that has grown to at least $10,000 to catch the person. You can donate through the same RACC link if donating towards Tommie’s vet bill but just put REWARD in the notes if you are donating towards that.

Eric S. Huffstutler 02/14/2019 at 10:24 PM

I am sure people are keeping up online about Tommie but here was the latest.

On Thursday, RACC posted that Tommie “was done laying down. He got up and walked away from his bed.”

“We are not out the danger zone yet, but for today, we win,” RACC posted on Facebook. “…we are cautiously optimistic…” “He is in a rough patch right now.”

Also, they said: “Just a friendly reminder-please DO NOT call VVC for updates on Tommie-they can’t release information and their staff need to answer true emergency calls.”

Eric S. Huffstutler 02/15/2019 at 11:47 AM

Unfortunately, Tommie passed away after 6:00 this morning. His body just gave out but they said he was not feeling any pain due to meds. The reward has risen to $25,000 due to other animal rescue societies and this has gained international attention. I hope they find the person who did this.

Eric S. Huffstutler 02/17/2019 at 2:18 PM

Because of the outpouring of support and so many people attending (almost 1,000 people so far) and others interested in going (nearly 6,000 people and climbing) to Tommie’s memorial services, the RACC decided to have a series of open houses next week from Tuesday thru Saturday. (M-F 2:00-7:00) and (Sat 12:00-5:00) at RACC, 1600 Chamberlayne Ave., Richmond VA 23222


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