South Carolina woman intentionally didn’t feed ex’s dog for a month: Sheriff
August 20, 2018
August 20, 2018 3:38 PM EDT
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LAURENS, S.C. — Authorities in South Carolina say a woman refused to feed her ex-boyfriend’s dog for at least a month.
Laurens County Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Martin tells news outlets Elizabeth Lena James said she intentionally didn’t feed or care for the dog left at her house. Martin says she later changed her story, saying the dog refused to eat provided food.
The 16-month-old mastiff mix was found tied to a tree, emaciated, malnourished and full of maggots and worms. Now called “Champ,” he’s being treated at a 24-hour veterinarian clinic in Columbia.
A rescue group says he should weigh more than 100 pounds (45 kilograms) at his age, but currently weighs only 50 pounds (23 kilograms).
James is charged with ill treatment of animals and is out on $15,000 bail. It’s unclear whether she has a lawyer.
17 dogs, 11 dog skulls found at Alabama dog-fighting ring
August 20, 2018
August 20, 2018 2:04 PM EDT
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MULGA, Ala. — More than a dozen dogs have been rescued from an apparent dog-fighting operation where Alabama authorities found 11 dog skulls.
Jefferson County Chief Deputy Randy Christian tells AL.com that deputies responding to a complaint Sunday morning were met by a juvenile carrying an injured dog and could hear what sounded like dogs fighting in the woods behind a home.
Christian says deputies found 17 pit bulls, four of whom had injuries that were indicative of dog-fighting. In addition to recovering at least 11 dog skulls, investigators found a ring with fresh blood inside.
A 42-year-old man who wasn’t immediately identified was taken into custody pending formal charges.
Animal control has taken custody of the dogs.