SC dog starved by venge­ful ex-girl­friend has a ‘for­ever’ home

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - News - BY JOE MARUSAK [email protected]­lot­teob­server.com Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067; @jmarusak

A dog that po­lice said was starved by a venge­ful ex-girl­friend in Lau­rens, SC, has a new “for­ever” home.

Champ was driven Fri­day from his fos­ter home in Mary­land to the Delaware home of a cou­ple who adopted him, ac­cord­ing to the New York res­cue group that saved Champ and got him med­i­cal care.

“Champ hap­pily got in the car to start his new life & is now headed to DE!,” Res­cue Dogs Rock NYC posted on the “Jus­tice for Champ” Face­book page the non­profit group es­tab­lished to raise money for his care.

“I’m go­ing home,” read part of the head­line on a story pub­lished about Champ on Fri­day by Pet Res­cue Re­port.

An­i­mal con­trol of­fi­cers in Lau­rens County said Champ “had gone with­out food or wa­ter for at least 30 con­sec­u­tive days,” Spar­tan­burg’s WSPA re­ported in Au­gust. The woman told in­ves­ti­ga­tors the dog had been left at her house about amonth ear­lier by her ex-boyfriend, ac­cord­ing to the sta­tion.

The Lau­rens County Sher­iff’s Of­fice charged El­iz­a­beth Lena James with ill treat­ment of an an­i­mal. She was jailed on $15,000 bail, ac­cord­ing to a post on the sher­iff’s of­fice Face­book page at the time. James is sched­uled to ap­pear in court Oct. 19, court records show.

On In­sta­gram Fri­day, Res­cue Dogs Rock NYC posted com­ments from Champ about his new life:

“The first new chap­ter in my life closed when I left the SC vet and made my way to Spencer & Cakes home inMD. To­day that sec­ond chap­ter closes & boy has it been awe­some to learn how I should have al­ways been treated!

“My fos­ter fam­ily loves me to the moon & back & I am only go­ing to DE, so I will still get to see them! To­day, the rest of my life starts as I head home with my for­ever fam­ily!”

To all of his sup­port­ers, Champ’s In­sta­gram said: “I can­not thank you all enough for your love & sup­port & yes, they will keep up my page! Love, Champ.”

‘‘ MY FOS­TER FAM­ILY LOVES ME TO THE MOON & BACK. Res­cue Dogs Rock NYC In­sta­gram post

Screen grab of In­sta­gram post

Champ the dog, who po­lice said was starved over the sum­mer by a venge­ful ex-girl­friend in Lau­rens, S.C., has a new ‘for­ever’ home. Champ was driven Fri­day from his fos­ter home in Mary­land to the Delaware home of a cou­ple who adopted him, ac­cord­ing to the New York res­cue group that saved Champ and got him med­i­cal care.

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