Man Arrested For Killing Tommie, The Dog Set On Fire In A Richmond Park | Pit Bull Press | Positive Pit Bull News
Published On: Tue, May 21st, 2019

Man Arrested For Killing Tommie, The Dog Set On Fire In A Richmond Park

RICHMOND, Virginia – Richmond police have charged a suspect with the burning of a pit bull named Tommie, alive.

On May 20, Richmond Police announced that they had arrested Jyahshua Hill, 20, of St. Peter Street. He was arrested by U.S. Marshals after being indicted by a grand jury earlier that month for felony animal cruelty.

Hill was indicted by a grand jury on May 8 and arraigned May 21.

The dog — named Tommie by Richmond Animal Care and Control after they took him in — was tied to a chain-link fence in Abner Clay Park, doused with accelerant, and set on fire on Feb. 10.

Tommie’s story went viral on Facebook and galvanized a campaign to cover his medical bills, which after the dog’s death became a campaign to raise money for RACC and other abused and abandoned dogs. Memorial plans for the dog had to be changed after nearly 6,000 people expressed interest in attending.

And in April, the Virginia legislature unanimously passed Tommie’s Law, which made animal cruelty a felony in the state.

The police department credited citizen tips, arson investigators, detectives, forensic technicians, and animal control officers for building the case that led to an indictment.

This Saturday, a special patio with a mural of Tommie will be unveiled at River City Roll at 1 p.m. It’s been named “Tommie’s Patio.”

Anyone with information in connection to the case is asked to call RFD Fire Investigator Lt. B. Dalrymple at 804 646-5421 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.


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