A heinous crime, involving a dog being tied to a pole, doused in accelerant and then set on fire, has ended with a devastating loss. The abused dog, dubbed Tommie, suffered burns over much of his body – though a team of dedicated veterinary professionals were working round-the-clock to save his life, he suddenly and unexpectedly passed away.
Richmond Animal Care and Control relayed the heartbreaking information via social media hours ago:
I’m so very sorry to share that Tommie just passed away. He had just finished having his bandages changed and stopped breathing; his body simply gave out. Tommie was pain free and surrounded by people that loved him when he passed. Needless to say, we are all devastated and angry and sad and terribly disappointed.
Thanking those who had fought for Tommie’s life:
The search for Tommie’s abuser continues
A massive reward has been created to find the person responsible for Tommie’s injuries and death. The animal welfare agency stated:
The REWARD for information leading to the successful arrest and conviction of the person/s has risen to $25,000. This increase is a result of your individual donations and is joined by pledges from our partners and friends at The Humane Society of the United States, the Cathy Kangas Foundation for Animals and the Humane Rescue Alliance.
Yesterday’s article about Tommie here.
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