Burned dog ‘Tommie’ takes first steps towards recovery

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Animal Care and Control provided a positive update Thursday on ‘Tommie,’ the pit bull that was set on fire and abandoned in a Richmond park earlier this week.

RACC posted on Facebook Thursday that Tommie, who is recovering from severe burns to most of his body, took his first steps since he was found tied to a pole in Abner Clay Park Sunday night. 

“We are not out of the danger zone yet, but for today, we win!” RACC posted on Facebook.

Tommie was tied to a pole in Abner Clay Park on West Clay Street at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, covered in accelerant and intentionally set on fire, according to RACC. 

Authorities are still looking for the person responsible. saw an adult male suspect wearing “multiple layers of pants” run from the scene towards Belvidere Street.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction. Witnesses. RACC is taking donations for Tommie’s vet care costs. You can donate here. 

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