Pitbull in Virginia fighting for its life after being tied to pole and set on fire


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A Virginia animal shelter says a dog was intentionally set on fire and is now being treated for burns to over 40 percent of his body.

News outlets report that Richmond Animal Care and Control is seeking help from the public in identifying a suspect.

The shelter 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.

The shelter says it named the dog Tommie, and that he's being treated at Virginia Veterinary Centers. It says not many cases rattle the staff, but Tommie's makes them "want to just sit on the floor and cry."

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