Police in Richmond, Virginia, are looking for the person responsible for setting fire to a dog tethered to a pole at an area park.
According to a Facebook post by Richmond Animal Care and Control, the incident occurred Sunday evening at Abner City Park, where the male pit bull "was tied to a pole," then "covered in accelerant and intentionally set on fire."
Witnesses described the suspect as a man "wearing multiple layers of pants," the post said. He fled the scene afterward, authorities said.
The dog was taken to Virginia Veterinary Centers for treatment of the burns, which covered more than 40 percent of his body, the post said.
Officials named the dog Tommie.
"Please share this post and help us save Tommie and find the person responsible for this evil, senseless act of violence," the post said.
If you have information about the attack, call Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.
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