Arrest Made in Burning Death of "Tommie"

Richmond Man Charged With Animal Cruelty

May 20, 2019 - 4:40 pm

Richmond, Va. (Newsradiowrva.com) - Richmond Police have made an arrest in the February burning death of a pitbull, nicknamed "Tommie."  Jyahshua A. Hill, 20, of the 1300 block of St. Peter Street was arrested without incident shortly before 3 p.m. Monday by the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force.  

Police say a grand jury indicted Hill on one count of animal cruelty.

At approximately 7:05 p.m., February 10, 2019, Richmond Firefighter were called to Abner Clay Park, for a report of a dog being set on fire. Firefighters located a male pit bull dog with severe burns to his body. Police says the dog had been tied to a chain-link fence, doused with a flammable liquid and set on fire.

Richmond Animal Care and Control officers transported the dog, who they named Tommie, to the Cary Street Veterinary Hospital for treatment. With burns over 40 percent of his body, Tommie rallied briefly, but eventually succumbed to his injuries on February 15, 2019.

Police say a number of tips pointed them towards Hill.

Just last week, another dog was found shot to death on the track at MLK Middle School in the city.