Champ the intentionally starved dog, has made himself comfortable at his foster home in Maryland. On Wednesday, the dog celebrated his three-week anniversary since his rescue. The now pampered pooch has already gained 20 pounds. And when Champ is hungry, he barks!
“Doesn’t my head look much better? At my weigh in today at the vet I was 71.9 pounds! This means I have gained 20 pounds in the 3 weeks since I was rescued!,” Justice for Champ’s Facebook page posted.
Video: “I’m a happy guy, but shouldn’t you be feeding me now?”
Everyday Champ is getting stronger. Who can believe this is the Laurens, South Carolina dog exactly three weeks ago, whose photo of the dog curled up in the dirt starving, near death and crawling with maggots went viral? Animal advocates were outraged as Champ’s terrible story of abuse and neglect unraveled:
“His heartbreaking story is that he is the victim of a breakup,” Rescue Dogs Rock NYC 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.”
Changes to existing tethering law and stricter animal welfare ordinances are being discussed. The following progress has been made:
“Update on the Greenville County, SC tethering ordinance: it passed its second reading, 11 to 1. They did not vote to bypass the final reading. That means it will go to a third and final vote in early October. We had six speakers from the public speak for the ordinance, and zero against.
Nearly every single person mentioned Champ tonight, and the importance of drafting stricter animal welfare ordinances to ensure nothing like this can happen again.
The meeting in early October will include a public hearing. Anyone is welcome to speak.
This is a big step forward. We have been heard. This is because of Champ, he is a worldwide celebrity. He is our catalyst for change.”
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