RACC: ‘Angel’ recovering after being shot on Christmas Eve


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Animal Care and Control is asking for the public’s help finding the person(s) responsible for shooting a dog on Christmas Eve.  

The dog, Angel, was found shot around midnight in the area of the 3000 block of 4th Avenue, according to a post from RACC’s Facebook.

Angel underwent surgery on Thursday to have her leg amputated, and RACC told 8News that she is ‘doing great.’

The person who called authorities about the shooting spoke with 8News but wished to remain anonymous. 

“One shot only,” they said. “At first, we weren’t sure if it was a firecracker or gunshot but the dog immediately started crying afterwards.” 

RACC’s Director, Christie Chipps Peters, told 8News on Wednesday that the community has shown overwhelming support for Angel and some people have even “expressed interest in adopting her once she’s recovered.”

A man named Tommy who lives on 4th Avenue tells 8News Angel is his dog. He describes her as a Lab-Pitt mix, only about a year old.

Tommy says he was sitting inside his home when it happened.

“Heard the gunshot and the dog hollering right away,” said Tommy, who asked 8News to not show his face or share his full name. 

“I was so shook up, I couldn’t — I was so devastated I couldn’t even move.”

Tommy tells 8News he had to sign Angel over to RACC because he couldn’t afford to get her the help that she needed after being shot.

Describing himself as “shook up,” this dog owner is looking for answers.

“Why point a gun over here — what were they shooting at?” said Tommy.

RACC has asked people interested in contributing to the cost of Angel’s emergency care to donate. If you decide to donate, add “Angel” in the notes. 

RACC officers are currently looking for any information about the shooting. If you have any information, please call (804) 646-5573 or email Barbara.jones2@richmondgov.com. 

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