Replace a statue on Monument Avenue with Tommie the Dog

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A monument dedicated to all animal lovers, caretakers and first responders would be a great addition to Monument Ave. Using Tommie’s likeness and story would create questions from future generations on how the entire city came together to fight for justice when an animal was unjustly tortured and killed. It’s a reminder that Richmond is a city of  animal lovers, and the memories of those that fight to save the lives out our companions will never be forgotten.

 

Tommi’s story:

“Richmond firefighters found Tommie tied to a pole, covered in accelerant and intentionally set on fire in Richmond's Abner Clay Park on Sunday evening. The shelter said witnesses saw an adult male suspect who was wearing multiple layers of pants run from the scene.

Tommie was treated for burns to over 40 percent of his body at Virginia Veterinary Centers. Thousands of people in central Virginia and across the country followed his progress through social media updates provided by Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC)

Hopes were raised for his ultimate survival Thursday when RACC posted a photo of Tommie up and about, walking away from his bed.

The shelter initially offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible. But after Tommie's story went viral, individual donations and pledges from partners like The Humane Society of the United States started pouring in and the reward increased to $25,000.”

RAC posted an update on Facebook letting supporters know that Tommie unfortunately passed away Friday, 02/15/19.

"I'm so very sorry to say that Tommie just passed away," the post said. "He had just finished having his bandages changed and stopped breathing; his body simply gave out."

The suspect was later arrested on May 20th, 2019 by U.S. Marshall’s. Jyahshua A. Hill Was found guilty and only sentenced to 5 years in prison, the maximum allowed at the time.