‘It’s inhumane and horrible’: RACC investigating after dead dogs found

In the past week alone, RACC reports finding eight dogs that have died or are already dying across Richmond
Richmond Animal Care and Control said this is part of a "big uptick" they're seeing in these types of cases.
Published: May. 1, 2023 at 12:33 PM EDT|Updated: May. 1, 2023 at 5:35 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Richmond Animal Care and Control is asking for help after multiple dogs were found dead across the city over the past week.

Richmond Animal Care and Control posted a map of these recent cases in a Facebook post. Officials said each “X” on the map below represents a dog officers picked up that was dead or dying.

“They’re dumped, dead and left,” said Christie Chipps Peters, director of Richmond Animal Care and Control. “We have been receiving and responding and bringing in multiple dogs that are dead and left, and they’re left recently.”

The map from RACC shows five of these cases in Richmond’s southside, while three others were located in parts north of the city.

“I think one of them for sure was left and died in the crate,” said Chipps Peters. “I don’t really know the reason or the answer, but it’s a big uptick, similar to the parvo situation. Now, we’re finding them dead, and I don’t know why.”

Chipps Peters said these recent cases are part of an uptick they’ve seen in these situations.

“It’s a rash of animals being dumped that are dead, and it’s inhumane and horrible, and we are just like the clean-up committee today, and it’s been a tough go,” she said.

Chipps Peters told NBC12 they’re still trying to figure out why these animals were left behind but said there are other alternatives for pet owners.

“There’s no excuse for dumping your animal in a public space in any capacity, and so we are here to tell you, please don’t do that and let us know if we can help you,” she said.

Chipps Peters hopes the community can help track down those responsible in each case.

If you have any information about these cases, call 804-646-5573 or email paul.campbell@rva.gov. You could also remain anonymous and call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.