The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the cruel burning that led to the death of a dog in Richmond, Virginia. This is in addition to an existing reward of $20,000 from other organizations and individual donors, which brings the total reward to $25,000. Despite veterinary efforts, he succumbed to his injuries this morning.

The Case: According to authorities, on Feb. 10 at approximately 7:30 p.m., a male brindle pit bull with a camo collar was tied to a pole in Abner Clay Park off the 200 block of W. Clay Street. A suspect covered the dog in accelerant and intentionally set him on fire. Richmond Animal Care & Control responded to the complaint. Witnesses saw an adult male suspect wearing multiple layers of pants run from the scene toward Belvidere Street.

Animal Cruelty: Violence against animals is a crime that affects entire communities. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and many other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault. Securing the serious attention and engagement of law enforcement officials, prosecutors and residents in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the whole community.

“It is a truly heinous act of cruelty to intentionally set a dog on fire,” said Matthew Gray, Virginia state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “We hope this reward will encourage anyone with information about this terrible crime to come forward.”

The Investigators:  Richmond Animal Care & Control are investigating this case. If you have information about this crime, call Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000 or submit your tip through the P3 Tips app.

Resources: The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Cruelty Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence, while providing a variety of resources and support to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. We offer rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and work to strengthen laws against animal cruelty.

The Humane Society of the United States has doubled its standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from a board member. For information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, click here.   kir


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