Someone out for their daily walk in Laurens, South Carolina couldn’t believe their eyes. There was a dog chained up outside of a home and it was not moving. The dog was skeletal and clearly suffering, but somehow was still alive. The person took a photo of the dog, a mastiff mix, and reported the situation to animal control. Officers rushed to the scene and freed the dog from the chain and took him for emergency veterinary care. The dog, who is 16 months old and named Champ, weighed just 50 pounds—a far cry from his ideal weight of 110 pounds. Though he was on the cusp of death, he was a survivor.
Word got out about Champ’s situation and volunteers from Rescue Dogs Rock in New York stepped in to help. The rescue had him transferred to a clinic for 24/7 medical care, which he desperately needed. He needed a blood transfusion because he had anemia. It was believed he was probably 12 hours away from death when he was discovered. Investigators dug into Champ’s past and found that a woman named Elizabeth James, the ex-girlfriend of Champ’s owner, was supposed to be caring for the dog. Instead, she left him outside without water or food. She was arrested for animal cruelty and was released on bond; she is due in court in October, 2018 according to the Laurens County Sherriff’s Office.
Worst of all, there were other dogs in the home that were receiving care, food, and water while Champ was left to suffer and die. His caretakers say that despite all he’s gone through, Champ is as sweet as can be and just loves to be around people. Champ spent several weeks in veterinary care and is now in a foster home to continue to heal. He is doing very well and gaining weight and will be ready for adoption very soon!