Dog ‘Champ’ intentionally starved holds no grudges as miracle continues

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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?”

Happy 3 week rescueversary to our Champ! You’ve heard how he lets you know when it’s time to eat? Well here it is!We are so thrilled with his progress & his 20 pound weight gain! #fightlikeachamp#betheirvoice

Posted by Justice for Champ on Wednesday, September 5, 2018

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.”

Read prior coverage of Champ’s plight here.

Keep up with the latest animal news by ‘liking’ the National Pet Rescue on Facebook.

In the news yesterday: Two women killed while trying to save dog in the road – more here.

More news: Navy veteran who gouged out dog’s eye found guilty of cruelty – more here.







9 replies
  1. pennysdachshunds says:

    IF NOT for the CONCERNED and DETERMINED MAN NEXT to this ” Total Evil Bitch” determined to Allow this beautiful young dog to STARVE to DEATH to GET Even with the DOG’S Owner for Leaving Her and insisting the Authorities come…Champ would have been dead within hours or another day!!! This INDIVIDUAL needs to be HONERED AS A PET HERO by the City Council, Mayor of that town…. Champ is a ONE IN A MILLION SURVIVOR!!! (OF Course RDRNY WAS Right there TOO! Standing UP for WHAT NO ONE ELSE IN THAT TOWN DID)!!!

  2. Gail Calhoun says:

    The marks on this dog suggest not only starved but hit and beaten. This woman should be jailed for sure–if she isn’t for this no one will ever be for any animal abuses

  3. Micele says:

    He is looking so good…. grateful to the people who have taken him in and are clearly looking after him very well bless your souls.
    We need millions more like them.

  4. Adrienne says:

    Wonderful news about Champ and pray that he continues to thrive and be a representative to those dogs who have suffered in the worst way, yet have the desire to fight for their lives. Glad the laws will be changed regarding tethering a dog. How could this vile monster walk outside and see Champ withering away and then feed her own dogs. She doesn’t deserve to have any living creature in her life ever again.

  5. Dawn Vititoe says:

    I want to hold a rally for CHAMP so we can be his voice on October 19th in Laurens SC. The judge will listen and hopefully give her a stiffer punishment. But we have to somehow get as many people to gather together and make this happen. Please help me get the word out!


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