Dog shot Christmas Eve expected to lose leg; police still looking for person responsible

Posted at 3:47 PM, Dec 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-27 16:47:54-05

By Enzo Domingo

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond Animal Care and Control is asking for the community’s help in finding the person(s) responsible for shooting a dog on Christmas Eve.

RACC posted to their Facebook page saying the dog, named Angel, was found shot near the 3200 block of 4th Avenue around midnight.

The dog’s owner, Thomas Ferguson, said he heard the gunshot outside followed by his dog’s yelps.

“I just got heated all over. I couldn’t function right, I couldn’t move,” Ferguson told us.

Ferguson, who was home at the time with his girlfriend, said the shock was too much and ask his girlfriend’s children to check on Angel.

“There was blood in the street, and I didn’t want to see her like that”, he added.

Ferguson said he’s grown up around dogs, since he was two years old. He’s now left devastated as Angel undergoes surgery.

Caretakers are working to save Angel’s life but said she will more than likely lose her leg.

Anyone with information about the incident can call 804-646-5573 or email

Also, if you would like to donate to Angel’s care through the RACC Foundation, click HERE and put “Angel” in the notes.

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