Severely hurt dog found in Church Hill leads to suspicion of dog fighting

Posted at 5:02 PM, Dec 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-11 23:09:16-05

RICHMOND, Va. – The pictures are graphic and show the extensive damage suffered by a dog picked up in Church Hill.

The dog was found with “advanced” injuries, off X Street in Church Hill.

Graphic pictures show the blue eyed dog with an ear half missing. His nose was a mess of old scars, with fresh cuts all over. Marks – old and new -- lead up the dogs face and surround his eyes.

His broad face, seemingly a bull terrier mix, had a great rip down it.

The dog was found Thursday, Dec. 10, when he wandered into someone's yard as a stray. The dog was taken by responding officers immediately to the Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center.

“His injuries are suspect to dog fighting and were so advanced that he had to be euthanized,” said Christie Peters with Richmond Animal Care and Control.

This dog was found on X Street in Church Hill.

This dog was found on X Street in Church Hill.

“We are moving forward with a full investigation and have a few tips but need more,” she said. “We want to find the person (or persons) responsible and we need your help.”

“Please share this post and call us at 646-5573 with any information- you can remain anonymous.”

This dog was found on X Street in Church Hill.

This dog was found on X Street in Church Hill.

If it takes cash to step up and speak out against animal abuse, the Humane Society of the United States will offer up to a $5,000 reward for any information that result in a conviction.

On their website, the HSUS recommends reporting a suspected animal fighting operation, and tell the agency about the HSUS reward program.

Get a letter from law enforcement. If a conviction is made, ask the law enforcement agency involved in the case to write a letter to The HSUS.

The letter should state that your tip helped lead to the arrest and prosecution.

The letter should be mailed, faxed, or emailed to:

Animal Fighting Reward Program
c/o Adam Parascandola
The Humane Society of the United States
2100 L Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
Fax: 301-721-6414

Contact the HSUS for more information. If you have questions about the reward program, please call them at 202-452-1100.

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