RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The body of a pit bull puppy shot in the head, was found behind a Richmond middle school, Monday morning. Richmond Animal Care and Control officers are now intensely searching for a suspect.
The body of ‘Bella Doe,’ as RACC has named the dog, was found on the track behind MLK Middle School. The black-and-white pit bull was likely shot in close range, according to investigators, as a bullet casing was found right next to her body.
The pictures of Bella Doe's body were too gruesome to post, so NBC12 had a sketch artist draw what the dog would have looked like alive, based on those images. RACC is hoping someone will recognize the dog’s owner or where the dog may have roamed regularly.
Bella Doe is about 45 pounds and no older than two years, according to RACC officials. She had a black head, face and back. Her belly was white, along with her front legs. The tips of her back paws were white, and so were her inner ears. Bella Doe did not have a collar or microchip.
"Just sad all the way around,” said Christie Chipps Peters, Richmond Animal Care and Control’s director. “We’re asking the community to help us if they saw something, heard something… to please share with us anything they know.”
Bella Doe’s was a cruel death that didn’t have to happen. Chipps Peters says anyone can surrender pets or animals to RACC.
"They can come here anytime. We take everything... so there’s no excuse not to use us as an option,” said Chipps Peters.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.
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