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RACC Five Day Open House Memorial for Tommie Begins Today

Tommie is the name the RACC staff gave to the dog that was tied to a pole and set on fire. Tommie succumbed to his injuries last week.




From RACC:

“We are changing the format of the memorial for Tommie. In light of the overwhelming interest and support (over 6,000 people signed up to attend the service) we wanted to make this experience a more personal one. Instead of the memorial service at the cemetery, we plan to host five open houses this week at RACC to celebrate Tommie’s life and to give everyone the opportunity to visit our shelter and see firsthand how your support impacts the work we do on a daily basis. Your well behaved dogs are welcome to visit:)

Where: Richmond Animal Care and Control, 1600 Chamberlayne Ave., Richmond VA 23222
When: Tuesday, Feb. 19, through Friday, Feb. 22, 2 – 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, noon – 5 p.m.

We will share details in the near future for those who would like to pay their respects in person at his grave site. A closed RACC Team Tommie FB group is available at for those of you who want to share your feelings and grief in a safe and supportive environment. Our director will moderate the page and will provide you with updates and an inside view of all things Tommie. Most importantly, thank you so much for all your support through this difficult time. Tommie’s story has touched so many of us in a profound way – we want to embrace that love and share it. #weareyourcityshelter #teamtommie

There is currently a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Witnesses saw an adult male suspect wearing “multiple layers of pants” run from the scene towards Belvidere Street.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or submit your tip through the 3PTips.

To continue to raise funds and awareness for the work done at the RACC they’ve been selling shirts.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.