RACC continues search for person who abandoned sick, emaciated dog

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.(Richmond Animal Care and Control)
Published: Feb. 7, 2022 at 1:01 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 10, 2022 at 10:01 AM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Richmond Animal Care and Control has an update about a sick and emaciated dog at their front door early Sunday morning.

RACC says Olympus is doing well and has been eating small meals throughout the day. RACC believes his condition might be a result of starvation.

Surveillance video - that is heartbreaking to watch - shows a person dumping Olympus at their facility around 2:36 a.m. on Sunday - when it was 19 degrees outside.

“This hits us right in the heartstrings because this animal needs care, and it expected care in its own animal way, and it didn’t get that, so we’re going to try and provide that,” said Robert Leinberger, Jr., who serves as a program and operations supervisor for Richmond Animal Care and Control.

Olympus can be seen trying to follow the person but shortly collapses. Leinberger said Olympus was outside for seven hours until he was discovered by RACC staff outside of their director’s office window at 9:30 a.m.

“It stumbles off the sidewalk into the parking lot, falls, gets back up, gets back on the sidewalk, and kind of stumbles around very disoriented,” said Leinberger.

Volunteers say he couldn’t stand, was freezing cold, skin, and bones, and had dirt pouring out of his mouth.

The director was able to take the dog to Virginia Veterinary Centers and used her heated seats and heat in her car to keep him alive long enough to reach the hospital.

RACC: Dog left outside in freezing temperatures
RACC: Dog left outside in freezing temperatures(WWBT)

Once he arrived at the hospital, the dog’s temperature was too low to read, and his blood pressure wasn’t strong enough to place an IV.

Olympus was able to make it through the night, and staff at Virginia Veterinary Centers were able to place an IV on him. On Tuesday, RACC reports Olympus is eating, up, and walking, but he is not out of the woods just yet.

However, questions remain over who is responsible for leaving Olympus at RACC’s front door.

“There could’ve been a right reason in that person’s mind, but it was wrong,” said Leinberger. “There’s dozens of other ways to go about doing something like this that don’t involve abandoning, dumping a dog at 2:30 in the morning when it’s incredibly cold outside.”

The dog was taken to Virginia Veterinary Centers for treatment
The dog was taken to Virginia Veterinary Centers for treatment(Richmond Animal Care and Control)

One of those ways Leinberger said is by reaching out to organizations, including RACC, for help.

“We don’t mind when people ask for help, and if we can’t provide it, my gosh, we’ll search for somebody that can or an organization that can help,” he said. “Whether it be food, financial assistance, dog houses, bedding, whatever the case may be, we will help you find it.”

On Tuesday afternoon, RACC said the investigation is “thriving” and they have everything they need to move forward. They can’t comment on those details because they don’t want to compromise the case.

RACC says they will post more information on when Olympus is available for adoption and how to apply.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

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