Possible animal abuse under investigation underway after Richmond officer rescues emaciated dog

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A case of possible animal abuse is under investigation in Richmond after a police officer rescue a starved and emaciated pit bull the day after Thanksgiving.

The pit bull named Lexington is skinny and so weak that at times that he stumbles when trying to walk.


Lexington is safe now after he was found last Friday by a police officer walking who walking another dog in the city’s east end near Jennie Scher and East Richmond roads.

Animal Control officers say it could take some time for Lexington to recover and return to full strength.

04393de9510f45dcb2cfe7951ad4cb53“He’s probably 20 to 25 pounds underweight,” Animal Control Officer Jamie McHenry said. “This dog is an American pit bull. He should be about anywhere from 55 to 70 pounds.

“He’s severely underweight and malnourished as you can see. We brought him to the shelter Friday, fed him, got him some fluids and he started having some seizures Saturday morning. We took him to the emergency vet.”

Lexington is doing well now. Animal control officers would like to talk to the owners to see if Lexington was lost or if this is a case of animal cruelty.

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