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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.

 

Abused 8-month-old shepherd left in cage in veterinarian’s office for weeks

No 8-month-old shepherd should look like this. The Trio Animal Foundation in Chicago was asked  by the Garrido Stray and Rescue Foundation to take on Brady and the shepherd puppy’s medical care.

Animal advocates  agree just looking at this German shepherd puppy makes our hearts hurt. Fortunately, his new life began on Monday as the 8-month-old shepherd’s story began to unravel.

“This poor 8 month puppy has not only been abused by his previous owner but left in a cage at a vet for weeks until someone would pay the $179 bill. I can promise you that we will be looking into it.

Brady is this puppy’s new name, as his former name was disgusting. It truly showed the character of his previous owner,” posted the Trio Animal Foundation on their social media page.

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Brady is 20-pounds underweight. At this time, the emphasis is on nutrition and his severe skin condition. He is being administered two weeks of oral medications as well as medicated baths to make him more comfortable. Since he apparently lacks socialization skills, the staff will be working on Brady’s trust issues.

“I know that we have a lot of German Shepherd supporters out there, and I am sure that you have never seen a case like Brady’s. It is so sad to say that we are so used to seeing cases like this in pitbulls but are truly blown away when we see it in another breed… so unfair on so many levels.”

In addition to the multiple skin issues, Brady’s eyes continue to bother him. Parts of his skin feel like sandpaper while other parts of his skin tissue is paper thin and bleed when he scratches – a puppy just looking for some relief.

“The only time Brady looks like he finds any relief is when he is rubbing his face on you or burying his head in your arms. To think that he has been in such bad shape for so many months is incomprehensible… he is a frickin’ puppy!”

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Any donations can be made at www.trioanimalfoundation.org. If you are making a donation via a smartphone and are unable to earmark your donation, please forward your receipt to sue@trioanimalfoundation.org

Videos and photos courtesy of Trio Animal Foundation.

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.

 

Ex-girlfriend accused of intentionally starving dog ‘Champ’ arrested

In Laurens, South Carolina, a woman accused of intentionally starving “Champ” the dog left in her possession, was arrested on Thursday and charged with the ill treatment of animals.

Jon Giles Gilmer, with Laurens County Animal Control, confirmed that Elizabeth James was issued a citation for animal cruelty and is scheduled to appear in court in September.

“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.”

The 16-month-old Mastiff and Rottweiler mix continues to fight for his life. According to Thursday night’s update at the veterinarian hospital, his blood is not regenerating and Champ is scheduled to receive another transfusion.

“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!”

Just in case, you see a situation that concerns you, report it. Had someone not reached out for help with Champ, it is likely he would not have survived another day.

Jon Giles Gilmer “I’m no hero, the true hero was a neighbor who took a stand and took this animal into his care until we got there .
To be perfectly honest with you if this guy hadn’t stood up and did what he did this dog would be dead .

I’m nothing in this story it was an everyday citizen who made the difference for this dog life.”

To follow the plight of Champ, he now has his own Facebook page – Justice for Champ.

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.

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.

LA Police reports ‘Valerie’ the dog found dying on street was not sexually assaulted

In a suspected animal cruelty case which garnered national attention, Valerie (aka Cargo), a friendly pit bull, adopted from an Orange County animal shelter two weeks ago, had been found left to die on a South Los Angeles street. Valerie was not sexually assaulted at all the Los Angeles Police Department now reports.

Valerie had been adopted from the animal shelter by a Hispanic male – she was spayed and microchipped, but the information on her chip had not been registered according to Ghetto Rescue FFoundation (GRFF). The dog had briefly recovered and within hours of being rescued again, had been happily wagging her tail and barking in excitement. Suddenly Valerie collapsed and died. An exam of the body revealed vaginal trauma. According to the rescue’s social media page, the dog died from a ruptured aorta, believed to have been the result of blunt force trauma.

On Thursday, a report from the Animal Cruelty Task Force for the Los Angeles Police Department states Valerie was not assaulted at all and the cause of her death remains unknown:

“It is the forensic veterinarian’s expert opinion the dog was not sexually assaulted by a person or animal. The opinion of both the treating and forensic veterinarian is that the cause of death is unknown. Lab tests on varying tissue samples are pending to help possibly identify cause of death.”

When Valerie was discovered near 85th and Main Streets, the GRFF described her as not moving and dehydrated. The dog was rushed to a veterinarian and had been suffering from an “extremely swollen vagina,” prompting the rescue to suspect the dog had been sexually exploited. She did not have any other bruises on her body. The observation was not supported by the treating veterinarian or the forensic veterinarian the report stated.

“The dog was recently spayed, possibly in heat and had several litters, which may have accounted for the (veterinary) technician’s observations. …The treating vet did not identify death by aortic rupture caused by blunt force trauma. The forensic veterinarian concluded the same.”

Investigators have since questioned witnesses, executed search warrants, reviewed available video and ordered the second necropsy to be performed on Valerie. They found no evidence the dog had been thrown from a car. Several accounts claim they saw a female Hispanic dropping the dog off “in front of a location, possibly several hours before the dog was recovered.”

Further information from the ACTF report stated the person who adopted Valerie had been banned from adopting anymore pets from the shelter. Updated information stated the person who adopted the dog did not do so for “malicious reasons.”

“Due to events beyond the owner’s control, the dog was placed in a home on a temporary basis. The owner intended on retrieving the dog when his situation was resolved. He was unaware his dog had died and is saddened by the loss.”

The case does remain open. Anyone with information is asked to contact the LAPD’s ACTF at 213.486.0450 or 877.LAPD 247.

Rest in peace Valerie.

Read more news on the National Pet Rescue page here.

Read prior coverage here.

Dog tied out and left to die – 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.

 

 

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.

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.

 

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.

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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.

 

 

 

Loyal parrot remained on man’s shoulders while being rescued from mud

In a most unusual rescue situation for fire fighters, a loyal parrot remained on his owner’s shoulders while the two of them had to be rescued from waist deep mud in a Belleville, Illinois park.

The parrot perched on the man’s shoulders is a regular sight around the area, but on Sunday afternoon the parrot flew off and landed in the middle of a mucky, recently dredged lake – he was stuck! So what’s a best friend to do? That’s right – the man, “Uncle Johnny” waded into the thick mud up to his waist to help, and moments later Uncle Johnny was stuck too!

According to the Belleville News Democrat, a passerby heard the man yelling for help and called the Belleville Fire Department. It took 15 minutes for the crew to stretch a series of ladders to reach Uncle Johnny and his parrot – who steadfastly hung on to his human’s back.

No one was hurt, and Fire Chief Tom Pour can write this up as one of the oddest rescues he has ever participated.

(Video and photos of  man and parrot rescued via Belleville FD)

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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.

 

More cruelty in India as driver chains stray dog to car and drags it over a mile

In New Delhi, India another egregious case of animal cruelty occurred on Friday night when the driver of a car is alleged to have chained a stray dog and dragged the helpless animal for over a mile in the Jubilee Hills section of Hyderabad.

According to the India Times, an animal activist witnessed the cruelty and intervened by rescuing the dog. Sravya Varma, a volunteer for NGO People for Animals (PFA) rushed the critically injured dog to the Animal Care Clinic at Banjara Hills for emergency treatment and then to the rescue where the pup is still fighting for his life.

“The dog, which suffered internal bleeding, is in critical condition,” a PFA spokesperson stated. “Also the canine has suffered injuries all over the body, including a fracture on one of its legs.”

The Jubilee Hills Police Department has since seized the vehicle as the investigation continues. A case was registered under “Sections 336 of the IPC and the Prevention of Cruelty Act, 1960.”

Let’s hope this dog gets some justice.

(Photo of dog in India dragged screenshot via the India Times)

Read more news on the National Pet Rescue page here.

Grieving orca finally releases her dead baby – more here.

 

 

Besties: Neglected mini horse befriended by golden retriever Molly

A neglected mini horse – no more than skin and bones, had been found wandering the streets in South Carolina. Darlene Kindle, founder of Carolina Equine Rescue and Assistance stepped up to help the ailing little Sammy with the assistance of Molly.

Initially, there wasn’t much hope for Sammy’s recovery, but Darlene wasn’t going to give up even though the silver dappled mini was at least 100 pounds underweight and one of his hind feet dragged behind him. After a veterinarian checkup, doctors agreed Sammy did have the will to live, and perhaps Molly, the golden retriever at the rescue had been listening.

“Molly is your typical Walmart greeter. She loves everyone including all the animals we have on the farm. She especially loves the minis; she can reach them much easier,” Darlene wrote on the group’s Facebook page as she posted a video that has truly gone viral for all the right reasons.

Check out the video here:

And she continued:

“Sammy the mini that she is comforting just came into CERA’s program. He is nothing but skin and bones and scared. Molly truly has an exceptional sense of knowing when one of the animals doesn’t feel good or sad. So she very gently introduces herself. This is her job and she is very good at it as you can see. Please follow Sammy’s progress on our Carolina Equine Rescue & Assistance page. Sammy has a long ride of rehab to go and I will keep everyone informed.”

No one knew if Sammy would even survive the first night, but he did even though he continues to face many challenges. Sammy will need to be castrated and have his teeth floated. He also has bilateral locking patellas that have slightly improved with care and good nutrition, but he may need surgery to improve the quality of his life.

The good thing is he has someone to cheer him up everyday. Good girl Molly!

To help, please click here.

Read more news on the National Pet Rescue page here.

Grieving orca finally releases her dead baby – more here.

 

 

 

Homeless man and his dog recently attacked find help from local rescue

In Oklahoma City, a homeless man and his puppy had recently been attacked and kicked during a street altercation. The man needed help, but it wasn’t for himself; instead he reached out for someone to help his six-month-old puppy named Baby.

Maria Latham, the director of Country Roads Animal Rescue, wanted to help and reached out to the rescue community through social media.

“URGENT help needed RIGHT NOW. This very sweet homeless man Timothy and his dog Baby were recently attacked by people on the street. He was repeatedly kicked and so was Baby Timothy is asking for TEMPORARY help with his dog as he is fearing for her life. He has a backpack and everything in it is for his darling dog. She is up-to-date on vaccines, six months old and sweet with everyone. We are looking for a kind person who will open their heart and home to baby for a month or two until Timothy has secured housing and can reclaim her. Please email us right away if you can open your heart and home to this angel at Crarsok@gmail.com.”

It didn’t take long before kindness and compassion flooded the rescue’s Facebook page. A woman offered to foster Baby and while preparing to pick the puppy up in her car, Timothy had been making preparations for the dog he truly loves.

  “She is such a sweetheart! Obviously very well cared for and LOVED!!! Timothy even had a bag ready of all her things: food, treats, food and water bowls, flea, tick, heartworm meds. He takes far better care of her than so many in a much better position than him!!! I am beyond impressed and blown away,” Baby’s foster mom, Holly Perez wrote.

Timothy has been checked into a hotel and hopes to find a job and provide a home for both of them. To help, a GoFundMe link can be followed here.

(Photos of homeless man and his dog via Facebook)

Read more news on the National Pet Rescue page here.

Let’s help Calista. Read her story here.

Caught red-handed…watch this dog’s adorable reaction after being caught with a bucket in his mouth!