Dog ‘Tippy’ found shot ‘directly in the head’ in Richmond alleyway

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'Just when we think we've seen the worst of humankind, someone sort of ups the anti'

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC) is asking the public for information after a dog was found shot to death.

Tippy was found shot to death around 4 p.m. Tuesday in an alleyway beside 2416 Yorktown Avenue.

According to RACC, Tippy was shot after escaping his home while the owners were bringing in groceries.

“They had come home from the grocery store and walked in with bags and he had gone out the gate and it happened very quickly,” Christie Chipps Peters, Director of RACC, said.

The dog was a brown brindle pit mix. He was four years old and neutered.

8News talked to the roommate of Tippy’s owner who said Tippy never tried to hurt anyone and thinks whoever did this, did it deliberately.

The owner of Golden Food Mart said Tippy’s owner worked for him. He said Tippy was ‘very sweet’ and he has known him since he was a puppy. He said it was very upsetting to see the scene after the dog was shot. He saw blood and a bullet casing. 

“Just when we think we’ve seen the worst of humankind, someone sort of ups the ante,” Chipps Peters said. “He had been shot directly in the head and was dead, so we’re grateful that he didn’t suffer any longer than necessary.”

According to RACC, multiple people were in the area when the shooting took place. They are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.

“There were people everywhere,” Chipps Peters added. “If you go to the area, it’s right behind a convenience store as well, so there’s people walking and all around the area, so there was a large group of people in and out and it happened so quickly, we’re sure someone saw something.”

If you know anything related to this crime, contact Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers online or call 804-780-1000.

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