Get Justice for Champ, a Dog Who Was Intentionally Starved as a Petty Act of Revenge
Champ was on the brink of death when he was found by authorities in South Carolina. He had been intentionally starved by a woman who was trying to get back at her ex-boyfriend, who was Champ’s guardian. While Champ has recovered and now has a loving home, his abuser has yet to face the consequences of her heartless act of cruelty.
Now, we’re calling for justice on his behalf.
Elizabeth Jena James chained Champ in her yard and watched him slowly starve for an entire month because she was reportedly angry at her ex-boyfriend for leaving her. A tip led authorities from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office to Champ, and when he was found, the Mastiff-mix weighed only about 50 pounds — about half of his healthy body weight.
His skeletal body was infested with maggots and hookworms, and he needed multiple blood transfusions.
Rescue Dogs Rock NYC heard about his plight and was able to immediately take him in. They raised funds to cover the cost of his medical care and helped him start over in an entirely new life. Champ’s had a long road to recovery, but he’s since been adopted into a loving home where he is adored.
James, on the other hand, has yet to be held accountable for her sickeningly petty and callous act of cruelty.
She was arrested and bonded out in 2018, but a grand jury later indicted her on felony animal cruelty charges.
She’s now facing a minimum of 180 days in jail, with a potential maximum of five years, and a fine of up to $5,000, in line with South Carolina’s animal abuse laws.
Join us in calling on Eighth Circuit Court Solicitor David M. Stumbo, asking him to seek the maximum penalties for James. She sat back and did nothing, while watching Champ slowly and painfully waste away to nothing but skin and bones in her yard. This is unforgivable and inexcusable; James needs to be held accountable for this vengeful act. And of equal importance, no animal should ever be left in her deficient care ever again.
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- Eighth Circuit Court Solicitor David M. Stumbo