It’s happy tears for Champ today – the Laurens, South Carolina starved and abused 16-month-old Mastiff who was barely alive when he was found lying in the dirt, starving and crawling with maggots less than two weeks ago. The photos of the emaciated dog quickly went viral when New York City non-profit Rescue Dogs Rock NYC stepped up to help after a Good Samaritan found the dog intentionally starved and left tied up to die.
“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.”
And now, Champ has certainly lived up to his name. Everyday, under the 24/7 care of the CVETS Critical Care Veterinary Hospital in Columbia, veterinarian Tracy Schlicksup and the staff continue to care for the dog who has clearly defied all odds.
Check out this video:
Champ will undergo more blood tests later this week, but now that he is off intravenous feedings, pain relievers and supplements and walking around on his own, he is expected to be packing up his blankets, his treats and his toys and be spending the waning days of summer at an experienced medical foster this upcoming weekend.
Although Champ still needs to gain about 50 pounds and has physical therapy to continue building his muscles, the medical team feels he is almost ready to leave.
We can only imagine the tears – happy ones, of course, as Champ moves out of the hospital, but it is all good news. For anyone interested in adopting Champ, if all goes as planned, this boy will be ready for his new family within the next four to six-weeks. If interested, apply on online at www.rescuedogsrocknyc.org.
Just in case you need a little more sweetness, check out this video of Champ loving life:
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