RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC) is investigating two recent cases of animal abuse in Richmond.
"We never want to see cases like this but when we do they’re typically spread throughout the year and just one at a time," said RACC Director Christie Chipps-Peters.
On November 21, a male, brindle pit mix was found in a plastic bin wrapped in a blanket on Dawn Street in Richmond's Northside.
"We are working to save him," RACC posted on social media on Monday.
Chipps-Peters described the dog as "critical condition."
Officers discovered another disturbing find just two days after the first dog was found abandoned.
"A second dog was found on November 23 deceased in a crate next to a dumpster on the 3600 block of Chamberlayne Avenue," RACC wrote.
The deceased dog was described as a "tan and white pit mix, young, intact male."
The dogs were discovered about two miles apart.
"We never want people to feel like abandoning their animal on the side of the road or next to a dumpster is an option when we are here," Chipps-Peters said.
Perhaps most troubling is that both of these dogs were found within a five mile drive of the Richmond shelter.
"That should never be a process that we go through is to leave a sick or injured animal anywhere," she explained. "Just call 911, call our shelter. We are happy to help if we can."
No detail of information is too small, Chipps-Peters said.
Anyone with information about the dogs was asked to call 804-646-5573 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.
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