And he’s standing: Intentionally starved dog Champ defying all odds

In Laurens, South Carolina a starved and abused 16-month-old Mastiff named Champ continues to defy all odds. Less than one week ago,  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.”

The emaciated pup has continued to fight to survive. His preliminary prognosis was critical. He had not been fed for at least 30 days and left tied up outside to suffer a slow, torturous death. Fortunately, a concerned neighbor contacted Animal Control. The dog was rushed to an emergency veterinarian for life saving treatment and since transferred to a specialty veterinarian hospital where he continues to receive 24/7 care.

As recently as Friday, his blood still had not been regenerating and more transfusions were part of his treatment. Over the weekend, Champ has made some impressive improvements, and his blood work has been holding steady at normal values.

“If it drops again, he is still not able to produce on his own, but so far so good,” Jackie O’Sullivan, co-founder of the rescue posted early Monday morning. “He also remains on a couple GI protectants to heal his stomach and GI from the ulcers caused by the hookworm infestation.”

It is perhaps the inspiration of the day that has been making animal advocates cheer. Although Champ is not out of the woods and because of the damage done, it will be a long process until Champ is better, he was standing; he even took a few steps with help.

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.

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

Read previous coverage of Champ’s plight here.

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Intentionally starved dog ‘Champ’ showing improvement

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!”

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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.

 

Jurors find man guilty of training dogs for vicious dog fight matches

After a one-week trial in a Manhattan federal court, a jury of five men and seven women found a Bronx man guilty of violating the animal welfare act and conspiracy for training dogs for vicious fight matches

On Friday, Rasheed Richardson, 29, charged with buying and training dogs to compete in fights to the end dogfighting matches, could be sentenced to ten years in prison. Jurors watched several videos of animal cruelty showing one vicious dog in training mauling another while that dog cried out in fear and intense pain.

Richardson had purchased the dogs out of state and trained them to be vicious and aggressive. He had planned to breed his own fighting dogs. In May 2017, police and animal rescue organizations searched the suspect’s Bronx home and found 11 caged dogs that had been kept in tight wooden kennels with small holes in the front so they could see the captive dogs next to them – a technique used to foster aggression. The dogs whined and cried – desperate to be freed. Another dog had been kept in a 55-gallon drum.

The ASPCA, the New York Police Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office were able to bring Richardson to justice and shine more light onto the brutality of dogfighting. Of the 11 dogs rescued that day at Richardson’s home, five of the dogs were so aggressive, authorities stated they had to be humanely euthanized.

Rest in peace sweet dogs. We are sorry humans failed you.

If you see something that isn’t right, say something. It was a neighbor who complained about the constant barking coming from Richardson’s home that started the investigation.

(Photo of Richardson via screenshot New York Post)

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Driver crashed pickup truck after throwing dog out of window

In Gore, West Virginia, two people had to be airlifted to the hospital after they crasehd their truck into a home in Harrison County on Friday afternoon. Deputies believe the driver lost control of the truck after throwing a dog out of the vehicle’s window and crashed into the porch of the house.

According to 12WboyNews, the truck went airborne, hit the house and rolled over several times as the driver lost control. The extent of the couples’ injuries is currently unknown; EMS and the fire department responded to the scene.

The couple acknowledged they had a dog with them, but refused to answer any questions. The dog was found slightly injured and has been turned over to the Harrison Animal Control. Deputies state the couple could be facing animal cruelty charges as well as other charges of speeding and reckless driving. The situation is being investigated by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department.

(Photo of truck that crashed into a home screenshot via Channel 12 News)

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Jury sees disturbing video of dogs being mauled in accused dogfighter trial

In a Manhattan federal court on Thursday, jurors viewed a disturbing video showing an accused dogfighter keeping dogs in horrible conditions and showing a dog being mauled by another as one of the dogs cries out in pain and agony.

According to the New York Post, Rasheed Richardson, 29, has been accused of animal fighting and conspiracy. In May 2017, police and animal rescue organizations searched the suspect’s Bronx home and found 11 caged dogs that had been kept in tight wooden kennels with small holes in the front so they could see the captive dogs next to them – a technique used to foster aggression, the criminal complaint stated. The dogs whined and cried – desperate to be freed. Another dog had been kept in a 55-gallon drum.

Manhattan Assistant US Attorney Stephanie Lake told the court Richardson exploited the dogs for sport, money and entertainment.

“The defendant wanted to buy a fighting dog, a fighting dog that made its opponent scream in pain, a dog that tore at another dog’s neck relentlessly. That is because the defendant is a dogfighter, a member of a dogfighting conspiracy,” stated Lake.

Richardson’s defense attorney told the jury there was nothing criminal how his client kept the dogs nor was he training the dogs to fight. None of the dogs had scars and no money was found. The ASPCA humanely euthanized five of the dogs because of their aggression – one of the dogs attacked an ASPCA employee.

If found guilty of all charges, Richardson faces a maximum of ten years in prison.

(Photo of dog shown in accused dogfighter trial screenshot via NY Post)

Read more news on the National Pet Rescue page here.

Woman trapped dog inside of washing machine to gain Instagram followers – 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.

 

 

Court proceedings continue in the case of Ollie the tortured Pit Bull

At the end of 2017, the nation and the world were shocked and angered over the horrific torture and death of a dog named Ollie, in Broward County, Florida.

It all started on October 10, 2017 when a passerby saw a paw sticking out of a suitcase and called the Hollywood, Florida police.  When the suitcase was opened, a dog was found inside with over fifty stab wounds. Ollie was rushed to a vet and survived for two days, but the injuries were too much for his poor little body to endure. He died two days later. The Hollywood, Florida Police Department, through a meticulous investigation of the suitcase and were able to lift fingerprints and find DNA leading them to Brendan Evans.

Evans was arrested on November 22, 2017. Police found one of Ollie’s teeth in Evans’s wallet as well as fur, blood, cat paws and remains of dead animals in his oven, refrigerator, and throughout his apartment. Many were proven to be cats he had gotten off Craigslist. It has been proven time and time again that those who torture, abuse, mutilate and kill animals will do the same to humans; case in point, Brendan Evans was on probation for domestic violence.

The next court date for Brendan Evans is September 20, 2018. According to a post on the Justice for Ollie Facebook page, this session is just a calendar call; basically, a meeting between attorneys and the judge to discuss where they are in the case.  Nothing will be decided on this case that day, and Brendan Evans will not be present. He has waived his right to go to any hearings.

It will be year or more until there is an actual trial, but we cannot let Ollie or the heinous act of his murder be forgotten while the judicial process continues on. Supporters of Ollie are hoping for the maximum sentence for each of the 17 counts of aggravated animal cruelty Brendan Evans has been charged. Each carries a maximum sentence of 10 years, which will mean Evans will be locked away for 170 years.

A new petition site has been set up in hopes of gathering the support of those who want justice for Ollie.

https://www.change.org/p/judge-martin-fein-justice-for-ollie-to-prosecute-animal-abusers-to-the-maximum-sentence

You can also help Ollie’s case by showing support and writing letters to Judge Martin Fein, Prosecuting Attorney Maria M. Schneider, or the State Attorney Michael J. Satz.

Maria M. Schneider
RE: Brendan Evans, Case #17-013552-CF10A
201 SE 6th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-3303

Office of the State Attorney
Michael J. Satz, State Attorney
RE: Brendan Evans, Case #17-013552-CF10A
201 SE 6th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-3303

Honorable Martin Fein
17th Judicial Circuit
201 Southeast 6th Street
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.33301
Re: Brendan Evans case # 17013552CF10A

Phone number: (954) 831-7342

Emails can also be sent to the courthouse via div07@17th.flcourts.org

No animal deserves to suffer like Ollie did, and no person who inflicts such suffering on an animal should walk free.

READ more about Ollie and what happened here.

When humans act with cruelty we characterize them as “animals”, yet the only animal that displays cruelty is humanity. – Anthony D. Williams

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Mobile pet groomer accused of abusing 13-year-old Pekingese

A James City County, Virginia mobile pet groomer has been accused of abusing a 13-year-old Pekingese and poodle mix. Kimberly Martin, 30, was arrested and  charged with animal cruelty on August 9.

According to the Virginia Gazette, on August 1, a county resident told police his 13-year-old Pekinese  had been abused by the groomer, Kimberly Martin in her Groomz mobile unit where the incident is alleged to have occurred. Within a half-hour of being in the mobile unit, the dog developed breathing issues and his tongue turned purple. The owners rushed their dog to their veterinarian where it was determined the dog suffered from broken ribs, bruising, a hemorrhage in one eye and a swollen larynx.

Martin stated the dog had bitten her, and she was not able to complete the grooming. Details have not been made public at this time.

Martin has been freed on bond with a court hearing scheduled for Williamsburg-James City County General District Court on Aug. 21.

(Photo of pet groomer via police photo)

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UPDATE: Dog ‘Champ’ at ex-girlfriend’s home intentionally left to starve

In Laurens, South Carolina, an angry ex-girlfriend is alleged to have intentionally starved “Champ” – the dog left in her possession. The rescue group Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, have stepped up to save the barely alive dog’s life.

“His heartbreaking story is that he is the victim of a breakup. The boyfriend apparently left him at the ex-girlfriend’s house and since he “was not her dog” she fed her dogs but not Champ.”

On Thursday morning’s update for Champ, co-founder of the rescue Jackie O’Sullivan gave concerned animal lovers some hope, although the dog’s condition remains critical.

“Champ’s condition definitely improved after yesterday’s blood transfusion. As you can see here, he was able to hold his head up for a short period of time. He was monitored all night & is still with us this morning so that’s a huge win! He remains on IV fluids & is being offered small amounts of food every few hours to avoid the very dangerous refeeding syndrome. He has not wanted to eat. His bloodwork is being rechecked now.”

The 16-month-old Mastiff was rescued early Tuesday evening by a Good Samaritan who contacted Animal Control for help. The dog was rushed to the shelter’s veterinarian for lifesaving treatment, and by the next afternoon had been transferred to a specialty veterinarian hospital where he continues to receive 24/7 emergency care and treatment. Champ only weighs 50 pounds – less than half the normal weight of 110 pounds for his breed and size and was covered with maggots (even in his mouth), extremely weak and with very pale gums signaling anemia. He was bathed and given food. His prognosis remained critical:

“Champ was transferred to our vet midday where he immediately started getting a blood transfusion. He was so pale with white gums that this was an obvious need. His bloodwork, as expected, is bad. His protein levels are too low as was his red blood cell count & of course he was very anemic & LOADED with hookworms. The hookworm burden was so HIGH the vet says his stomach is filled with tons of tiny bleeding ulcers. His blood has to be able to regenerate itself to combat this which it currently is not doing. His feces is black due to this bleeding. He will be monitored 24/7, is on IV fluids & meds & everything possible is being done to save his previous life.”

Elizabeth James has been charged with animal cruelty by Animal Control. The dog was near death on Tuesday when the Good Samaritan found him tied up and left alone to starve. Messages have been flooding into the rescue since Champ’s plight was shared by Pet Rescue Report. Champ’s original owner has been in contact with Rescue Dogs Rock NYC and states the dog had been in James’ possession for six months.

Champ was originally named Ace; he is a Rottweiler and Mastiff mix. Here is a photo of Champ just six months ago.

 

He has a long road back to health, and the donations for his very expensive medical care are appreciated. Click here to help:

www.paypal.me/rescuedogsrocknyc.org

Read the original story here.

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Dog left at ex-girlfriend’s home to starve: Champ ‘not my dog’

In Laurens, South Carolina, a 16-month-old Mastiff named Champ is fighting for his life at an emergency veterinarian hospital. Early Wednesday morning, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC were alerted to Champ’s desperate plight and immediately jumped in to try and save his life.

“It is extremely difficult, as rescuers, to see a photo like this and to accurately convey the dog’s story, through the very strong emotions of anger, hatred, despair, sadness and helplessness,” rescue co-founder Jackie O’Sullivan posted on the group’s Facebook page.

Had it not been for a Good Samaritan who spotted Champ last night and contacted Animal Control after the dog had been left tied to die and starve by himself, he may not have ever seen a new morning. Last evening, the dog, who only weighs 50 pounds – less than half the normal weight of 110 pounds, was rushed to a local veterinary hospital. Covered with maggots (even in his mouth), extremely weak and with very pale gums signaling anemia, he was bathed and given food. Testing and diagnostics are planned for today after he is transferred to a specialty veterinary hospital.

“His heartbreaking story is that he is the victim of a breakup. The boyfriend apparently left him at the ex-girlfriend’s house and since he “was not her dog” she fed her dogs but not Champ.”

Charges for animal neglect and cruelty have been filed.

It is not known if Champ can be saved, but everything that can be done, is being done for this young majestic dog.

Be the voice for victims like Champ.

Please help with Champ’s medical expenses. FUNDS NEEDED
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Read more news on the National Pet Rescue page here.

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

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Heartbreaking Shiba Inu mix with horrendous injuries needs rescue help

The shelter staff and volunteers at the Polk County Georgia Animal Adoption and Recovery Shelter posted the heartbreaking video of a white Shiba Inu puppy who came in on Monday as a stray. She was immediately taken to the shelter’s veterinarian for emergency care.

Animal advocate Shannon Hicks describes the frightened puppy and is asking the rescue community for help.

“She came in with horrendous wounds. She has what looks like an injury to her face and back. Her back is very raw and open. She also has markings around her muzzle that (in my non expert opinion) looks like someone used something to hold her mouth together – again I am not a vet but that’s exactly what the wound makes me think. I hope I am wrong because that is just sick.”

Check out the Shiba Inu puppy’s video. She is so frightened and defeated; all she wants to do is find a way to disappear. Notice, even with her severe and painful injuries, she shows no aggression.

Because of her injuries, this Shiba Inu is listed as rescue only. Follow her plight here. Please share her information with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

(Photos and video courtesy of Shannon Hicks)

She will be on stray hold until Monday. Reference #39385370

1215 Veal St (585.82 mi)
Cedartown, Georgia 30125
(770) 749-8908

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