In Laurens, South Carolina a starved and abused 16-month-old Mastiff named Champ continues to make the news across the country and beyond. His recovery defies all odds, and his Tuesday morning’s progress report and accompanying video posted by Rescue Dogs Rock NYC is no different. It was less than a week ago, Champ was barely alive; little more than skin over a skeleton. It was less than a week ago he was lying out in the dirt starving, near death and crawling with maggots.
And now Champ is up (with assistance) as physical therapy becomes part of his daily routine. His muscles are badly atrophied; no one knew how long he was unable to walk. He is now up and walking, gaining weight and getting stronger each day. The medical staff states his red blood cells are starting to regenerate, and his blood values are holding steady. It is hoped he will no longer need any blood transfusions.
“We are over the moon with his progress and recovery to date,” Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC stated just moments before she posted the following video. “For the first time in a VERY long time, CHAMP is feeling what it’s like to be loved & cared for.”
Need a little more of Champ’s recovery? The following photo melted hearts as his ability to forget the horrors he endured from the hands of selfish humans and show his love and forgiveness.
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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