Intentionally starved dog ‘Champ’ showing improvement

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In Laurens, South Carolina a starved and abused 16-month-old Mastiff named Champ continuing to fight for his life at an emergency veterinarian hospital has made national news. Earlier in the week, 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.”

Since Wednesday, when Champ was rescued by a neighbor who took a stand against animal cruelty and notified Jon Giles Gilmer, with Laurens County Animal Control, the emaciated pup has been fighting to survive. His preliminary prognosis was critical. As recently as Friday, his blood still had not been regenerating:

“Champ’s blood-work confirms his numbers are still way off & there is no regeneration at this time. There will likely be another blood transfusion in the next day or so. His spirits are up a bit, likely because he knows he is SAFE & that we are trying to help him! He is eating a little bit of chicken!

Champ will continue to get round the clock care for as long as he needs it!”


Periodic updates of Champ’s condition has animal advocates cheering the slightest improvements. On Thursday evening, he was snuggled into “comfy jammies” since he has no body fat or muscle tone, in order to keep him warm.

And on Friday dog food was not to be on the menu for Champ’s dinner, but thanks to one of the veterinarian technicians, the boiled chicken appealed to his discerning palate.

Saturday brought smiles to the staff at the animal hospital – guess who had scrambled eggs?

“Yum, I really enjoyed my breakfast. I’m feeling a little bit better and I know these nice people are helping me. I can’t stand or walk yet, but baby steps. I am grateful for all  the love and support,” Champ expressed with his huge brown eyes.

Elizabeth James, the woman accused of starving Champ, has been issued a citation and arrested for animal cruelty. Her court date is scheduled for October 19, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at the Laurens County Courthouse in Laurens, South Carolina.

To help with Champ’s medical expenses, please click here.

Read previous coverage of Champ’s plight here.

Follow more animal related news on the National Pet Rescue.

In the news yesterday: Heartbreaking news about starved dog found in parking lot – more here.

The cutest video you’ll see this week! Adorable otter has to cuddle her stuff in order to go to sleep – watch here.

Sweet kitten says thank you for being rescued – check out the video here.


21 replies
  1. Carol Green says:

    May God have mercy on Elizabeth James? I hope not. And I hope the authorities in Laurens, South Carolina don’t either. How could anyone walk past this beautiful puppy ignoring his skeletal body and torment him further by feeding other dogs in his presence? Only cowards take out their frustrations on innocent animals when perceived wrongs are committed by the humans in their lives.

    • pennysdachchunds says:

      BECAUSE this is a PSYCHOPATH & believe me Left in our Society she will KILL AGAIN !!! She has more than likely done this sort of thing before and has NOT gotten caught for it… As a Child it is more than likely she harmed her pets, although I bet her parents who have allowed this type of behavior to continue will deny that Their Little Girl ever had a Problem… He boyfriend apparently saw that She had Major issues and Left ( only Not caring Enough to take His Companion Animal) She is EVIL,EVIL and DEMONIC!!!

  2. Cathleen says:

    I am still very angry about Champ and the way he was treated by that little bitch. I certainly hope those of you who can be at her arraignment are there on Monday. Signage would be a nice touch so she understands the U.S. is watching, knows what she did, and wishes that Karma would just hurry up and kick her ass. That’s the least she fucking deserves.

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  4. Adrienne says:

    As I said on the original story, this vile creature should have someone do the same to her that she did to Champ. She should never have a moments peace and feel the pain every day that Champ felt. We are all rooting for you Champ, not only to get better, but be a part of a loving, caring family who will treasure you always.

  5. Dawn says:

    Praying for you Champ! Keep fighting and you will win. We the people will fight to have Eliza Morton aka Elizabth James pay for what she has done to you. Hang in there sweet Champ…

    • Cathy says:

      She was arrested too for animal cruelty. Her arraignment is Monday. I hope the bitch gets everything she has coming to her and more!
      So many people are thinking about you Champ and are praying and cheering you on! Get well soon little buddy.

  6. Julie says:

    She has to be punished to full extent of the law AND never, ever own or be near or left alone with ANY animal but especially a dog. She is all about her looks = inside she is pure ugly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No heart or compassion. Shame on her- there is no excuse – NONE!

  7. Kathy Mehalko says:

    Someone who could do this to an innocent gentle baby is definately a danger to society. Most murderers started by abusing animals, then killing them eventually moving up to abusing and killing humans. Put them in prison.

  8. Susan says:

    I think everything that can be said about this waste of skin has already been said here and I couldn’t agree more.
    What I don’t see addressed anywhere is the dogs actual owner. He obviously realized she was Disturbed, rotten, or whatever. So WHY leave his poor dog behind to suffer at her hand? Champ didn’t get in this condition over night and obviously “his” person never came back to feed him, check on him or better yet, GET HIM OUT OF THERE! In my opinion that’s neglect as well and he needs to answer some questions too. I hope he feels like a POS for shirking his duties as a pet parent.


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