RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia man has been charged with felony animal cruelty after police said he set fire to a pit bull at a Richmond park. The dog later died.
Witnesses told police that a man "wearing multiple layers of pants" fled the scene afterward, Richmond Animal Care and Control said at the time.
The male pit bull was taken to Cary Street Veterinary Hospital for treatment of the burns, which covered more than 40 percent of his body, police said. The dog, whom officials named Tommie, died Feb. 15.
If convicted, Hill could face a $2,500 fine and a five-year prison term, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
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