20-year-old Jyahshua Hill was charged with animal cruelty for tying a pit bull to a fence and dousing him with flammable liquid before setting him on fire.
Hill was arrested by U.S. Marshals after the horrendous death of a 2-year-old dog, which was named Tommie by rescuers.
Units from the Richmond Fire Department found Tommie tied to a fence on February 10. Police said that he had been doused with flammable liquid before he was set on fire.
The dog suffered burns to over 40 percent of his body and needed a feeding tube. Unfortunately, he passed away five days later.
A photo shared by Richmond Animal Care and Control showed the pooch covered in casts and bandages while hugging a stuffed animal.
The shelter posted regular updates about his condition and the incident sparked negative reactions from people.
When he passed away, RACC wrote on Facebook: “’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.”
The US Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Hill who now faces a $2,500 fine and up to 5 years in prison.
Interim Police Chief William Smith said to the Richard Times Dispatch: “There are a lot of people to thank, but I’d like to single out all the citizens who contributed tips that pointed us in the right direction.
“That, plus the excellent job done by arson investigators who did the bulk of the work, major crimes detectives, forensics technicians and animal control officers who all built a strong case to present to the grand jury.”
The Director of RACC, Christie Peters, told 8News that Tommie’s case is the worst case she had ever seen. “It’s the most evil, I would say, there’s an element of evil and a sadness that have over taken all of the other cases we’ve dealt with.
“They said that it’s an unbelievable case. That they’ve had more people from the community rally around this case than they have seen in a very long time.”
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