In Laurens, South Carolina a starved and abused 16-month-old Mastiff named Champ continues to defy all odds. Less than one week ago, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC were alerted to Champ’s desperate plight and immediately jumped in to try and save his life.
“His heartbreaking story is that he is the victim of a breakup,” the rescue’s co-founder Jackie O’Sullivan posted on the organization’s social media page. “… since ‘he was not her dog’, she fed her dogs but not Champ.”
The emaciated pup has continued to fight to survive. His preliminary prognosis was critical. He had not been fed for at least 30 days and left tied up outside to suffer a slow, torturous death. Fortunately, a concerned neighbor contacted Animal Control. The dog was rushed to an emergency veterinarian for life saving treatment and since transferred to a specialty veterinarian hospital where he continues to receive 24/7 care.
As recently as Friday, his blood still had not been regenerating and more transfusions were part of his treatment. Over the weekend, Champ has made some impressive improvements, and his blood work has been holding steady at normal values.
“If it drops again, he is still not able to produce on his own, but so far so good,” Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of the rescue posted early Monday morning. “He also remains on a couple GI protectants to heal his stomach and GI from the ulcers caused by the hookworm infestation.”
It is perhaps the inspiration of the day that has been making animal advocates cheer. Although Champ is not out of the woods and because of the damage done, it will be a long process until Champ is better, he was standing; he even took a few steps with help.
Elizabeth James, the woman accused of starving Champ, has been issued a citation and arrested for animal cruelty. She is currently out on $15,000 bond.
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Read previous coverage of Champ’s plight here.
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