A $10,000 reward has been set for anyone who can find or identify the culprit responsible for tying a Pit bull to a pole and setting it on fire earlier this week.
According to reports, the horrific incident took place in Abner Clay Park, Virginia. The dog was discovered with 40% burns to his body and immediately rushed to a veterinarian.
It was Richmond Animal Care and Control who intervened and got the dog the medical attention he so desperately needed. The non-profit organization posted about the incident in a bid to raise awareness and bring the assailant to justice.
The dog, who the shelter have since named Tommie, is now the centre of a fundraiser to help cover the medical costs.
Amber Carter, who works for the Virginia Veterinary Centers as a veterinary assistant, said Tommie had shown her nothing but kindness, and was simply seeking love.
Tommie remains in critical condition and, though improvements have been made, he yet faces a battle to survive. The damage wrought by the burns is great, and vets are finding new wounds every day.
Witness reports suggest the perpetrator was a male wearing several layers of pants. He was seen running from the park in the aftermath of the incident.
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In the meantime, join us in wishing brave Tommie well!