Adopting a dog “30 minutes from death”
RICHMOND, Va. — A dog who was allegedly killed by 30 minutes when he was abandoned in the cold outside Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC) last month has been adopted.
The two-year-old boxer-pit mix named Olympus found his forever home on Saturday, according to a post on the shelter’s Facebook page.
“After weeks of treatment (touch and go results; thank you, Dr. Honias for leaving no stone unturned), thousands of dollars in veterinary care, foster care rehabilitation (thanks, April), lots of prayers for healing and well wishes from all over the country, our sweet boy Olympus is finally adopted,” the post read. “Honestly, we can’t believe he lived…it was a bit difficult there! Thank you for your love, kindness and continued support of RACC. Today is a BIG DAY!”
RACC director Christie Chipps-Peters said a security guard at the Chamberlayne Avenue facility found the pup around 9.30am on Sunday February 6.
“He was completely emaciated. It was freezing,” Chipps-Peters said last month. “His little paws have started to roll over, which is what we often see when death occurs.”
Chipps-Peters said what happened was a clear case of neglect and urged pet owners to seek help before it’s too late.
“If you need help with your pet, Richmond is so lucky to have so many resources, veterinary clinics, people and rescues to help you,” the manager said.
The RACC had previously released photos of its surveillance footage showing the dog being dropped off by an unknown person in a white sedan.
Footage showed the person put the dog down around 2.30am and walked away. The dog tried to follow the person before collapsing.
RACC said it was 19 degrees the morning the dog was dropped off. He stumbled around their building for seven hours before lying near their retaining wall until he was found later that day.
They ask anyone with information to contact them on Facebook, email [email protected] or call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000 or submit a tip online at www.7801000.com.
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