On July 11, 2012, Champ was discovered half-starved and tied to the front gate at a Campbell elementary school. Champ was covered with deep puncture wounds on his body and face, and had swollen ears and eyes and bleeding abscesses on his chin. It is suspected he a ‘bait dog’—a dog used to warm-up a fighting dog before the start of a dog fight—and was subsequently left to die.
While still clinging to the last vestiges of life, Champ was immediately brought to a nearby animal hospital. The clinic cleaned up his wounds, examined his ears and abscesses and started him on vaccinations, antibiotics and pain medication. But after a full investigation of both eyes, veterinarians concluded that they were so heavily traumatized that surgery was required to remove them. Its not clear if Champ was born blind or if his blindness was caused by his injuries, but because there was so much swelling in his eyes, the vet suspected trauma was responsible. Throughout the process, Champ maintained the attitude of a ‘champ,’ (thereby earning his name), continually wagging his tail and giving the people around him lots of kisses and reasons to snuggle.
Champ has since been recovering at the veterinary hospital, but after all this, he is showing signs of kennel stress due to the barking of other animals. His handlers are concerned he might develop aggression against other dogs and leave him little time to be adopted into a permanent or foster home.
San Jose Animal Advocates is committed to spreading the word about Champ’s situation and helping generate funds to cover the costs of Champ’s medical expenses and find Champ a quiet, loving home where he can recover in peace and further blossom into happy dog that he already is. Stay connected with Champ’s story through his Facebook page.
Can you (or someone you know) provide a foster or permanent home to this animal who has been through so much, yet still maintains his loving attitude? While Champ heals, it is recommended that he be an only dog. Or would you be willing to donate funds to cover Champ’s recovery expenses? Donations can be made through Chipin.
this is so, so sad…. dogs cant speak or protect themselves but they can learn to love you if you treat them in the right manner.