RACC releases photo of dog found strangled inside Richmond elementary school dumpster


'Anyone recognize this dog or leash?'

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Animal Care and Control has released a photo of the dog that was found strangled to death inside a dumpster outside of a Richmond elementary school last week. They are asking anyone who recognizes it or a leash they recovered to give them a call.

8News was told a school worker was dumping trash outside John B. Cary Elementary School last Friday when they found the three-year-old, black and white pit bull inside the dumpster.

Richmond Animal Control (RACC) said their officers recovered the body at around 2:30 p.m. They found the 55-pound female with a dark hunter-green slip lead leash around her neck.

“There were many families around the park and school playground at that time and we are hopeful that someone saw something,” RACC said.

They are now hoping anyone who may recognize her to give them a call.

RACC believes the dog was dumped just an hour or so before she was discovered.

8News spoke with the Christie Chipps Peters, director of RACC who called the crime ‘senseless.’

“We have never had a case like this, we’re hopeful that we never have a case like this again,” Peters said.

Eric Kuysko lives near the elementary school and owns two pit bulls.

“How could they do it, I don’t know,” Kuysko said. “As a pet owner, it’s hard to fathom treating something like that and, you know, ending something’s life.”

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The RACC said they will search for whoever did this.

“We’re just sad, they just keep like one-upping,” Peters said. “Every time we think we see the worst of the worst someone else does something that sort of takes away your faith in humanity.”

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The investigation is ongoing.

“The more people that see it, the more things that come together, we can close the case faster,” Peters said.

Anyone with information is asked to call or text Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

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