Dog set on fire in Virginia park has died

Posted at 6:40 AM, Feb 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-15 07:40:54-05

An animal control and care center in Richmond, Virginia says that a dog who was found set on fire at a park has died.

Richmond Animal Care and Control posted to their Facebook page Friday morning that the male brindle pit bull named Tommie had died.

“He had just finished having his bandages changed and stopped breathing,” the Facebook post reads. “His body simply gave out.” The shelter says that Tommie was pain-free at the time of his passing and “surrounded by people that loved him.”

The dog was found on Sunday night tied to a pole in a city park. The shelter says that a man intentionally covered Tommie in accelerant before setting him on fire. The dog suffered burns to nearly his entire body.

The shelter said on Wednesday that Tommie’s condition had worsened, but that his pain was being managed. The team warned followers that Tommie’s recovery “may not be an option.”

The shelter is currently working with law enforcement to find the man responsible. A reward of $25,000 has been raised for any information on that person.