Shelter: Dog dies after being tied to pole, set on fire

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -

Officials at a Virginia shelter say a dog set on fire at a Richmond park has succumbed to his wounds.

News outlets report Richmond Animal Care and Control announced Friday morning that the male brindle pit bull named Tommie died surrounded by caregivers. The shelter says Tommie was tied to a pole at a city park, covered in accelerant and set on fire Sunday.

He was initially believed to have burns covering about half his body, but the shelter later said the burns covered nearly his entire body and were worsening. A picture of Tommie shared by the shelter shows him covered in bandages and casts while snuggling a stuffed animal.

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The shelter says $25,000 is being offered for information leading to suspects in Tommie's abuse.


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Officials at a Virginia animal shelter say a dog was set on fire at a city park and suffered burns to over 40 percent of its body.

Richmond Animal Care and Control says in a Facebook post that the male brindle pit bull was tied to a pole in a city park, covered in accelerant and set on fire Sunday night. It says witnesses saw a man wearing multiple layers of pants run from the scene.

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The shelter says the dog, which has been named Tommie, is being treated at Virginia Veterinary Centers.

Shelter officials asked the public for any information that could identify the person responsible.

They say not many cases rattle the shelter's staff, but Tommie's makes them "want to just sit on the floor and cry."