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DONATION! Champ Took 5 Bullets to Protect Owners - Now Abandoned!

Animals  (tags: donation, animal shelter, Coastal German Shepherd Rescue, dog, vet fees )

- 3292 days ago -
Champ was shot 5 times by intruder - he tried to protect his owner's home in South LA. Owners released Champ to Coastal German Shepherd Rescue. - medical bills too high. This brave woof deserves every penny of care. Help Champ - donate a few dollars!


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Simone D (1462)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 10:14 am
Thank you dear Eureka! Fancy giving him up though.

Catherine T (192)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 10:19 am
i actually don't blame the owners. medical care can be overwhelming. i adopted a blind, diabetic lab and i just read that most people give up diabetic animals within six months. in a way, i wish the rescue would give the dog back to the family (if deemed otherwise responsible). i'm sure the dog misses them. maybe they could pay the rescue back the money over time.

Eva R (237)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 10:26 am

I don't "blame" them either, but why couldn't they do what CGSR is doing by setting up a fund to help with continued care of this hero canine? Why didn't they just get CGSR to partner with them and go public with the remarkable account of what happened to solicit help from the public? Why part with this magnificent family member when he could have remained with the human family he loves and protected? WHY????

Sherry E (168)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 10:29 am
Nothing surprises me anymore Eureka. If this baby had protected me and took 5 gunshots....i would have stood in the middle of a intersection with a bucket begging for money to save his life. My gosh...they could have told their local news and people would have raised money to help. They just didin't care and that makes me angry. Sad story but I am glad that Champ is getting help.

Margaret S (53)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 10:44 am
How could these people do that,yes i understand them not being able to afford the vet bills,but one would think omg our dog has just protected us,possibly saved our lives we have to raise the money some way,perhaps they could have sold the story to the local newspaper or put it on the don't just give the dog the end of the day they could'nt have cared enough.Well thats my thoughts,thanks Eureka,i really hope money is raised and this hero of a dog makes it to a full recovery.

Margaret S (53)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 10:44 am
How could these people do that,yes i understand them not being able to afford the vet bills,but one would think omg our dog has just protected us,possibly saved our lives we have to raise the money some way,perhaps they could have sold the story to the local newspaper or put it on the don't just give the dog the end of the day they could'nt have cared enough.Well thats my thoughts,thanks Eureka,i really hope money is raised and this hero of a dog makes it to a full recovery.

Margaret S (53)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 10:46 am
Sorry care2 is really p%£sing me off,sorry about the double comment!

Annie C (116)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 10:49 am
what a beautiful loving ,and loyal dog he is. my prayers are with him, will pass this along, and see what I can do, he deserves so much for all he has done. thank-you Eureka

Hannah H (98)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 11:12 am
I can't donate :( but I noted this story!!

Elm M (357)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 11:15 am

Margaret - Care2 is going ballistic with glitches. I've also lost many, many posts today. And I don't even know if the dozens of petitions I signed today kept my signature - they all just seemed to disappear into thin air! I also posted another news story this morning - posted it twice - it is completely missing.

Yip - very annoying.....

I pray that Champ gets the help he deserves. If this was my woof I would put on my 'red shoes' and 'red dress' and head for the docks asap - if an internet plea and a plea to my local TV/Radio/Newspaper station did not work.....

An animal gives it's life (almost) to save a home - and is abandoned????

Uuuggghhhhh !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Angel W (238)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 11:18 am
Donation sent..thank you xx

Kit B (276)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 11:50 am
Donation made, wish it was more and will do more next month. Thanks for all you do Dearest Eureka,

And YES - Care2 is going completely nuts, losing submissions that show up hours later and losing comments or doubling up - we need some one that can drive the train!

Janet S (231)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 11:58 am
"You cannot currently send a star to Eureka because you have done so within the last week."
migawd--thank you, Eureka.
[The world certainly lacks GRATITUDE.]
Namaste! xo
[passed on....]

Henriette M (154)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 12:17 pm
I would give my life & all what I have for saving my life, if any one of my dogs would be in this situation. A dog is a member of your family, your friend, your companion, your protector, your child, your everything, your guardian ANGEL! You are his life to him/her how can you not do everything!
I sent a donation for Champs recovery cost!
Also I have received from Mary my friend;
If we all click every day at the Animal Rescue Site and vote for Southern California German Shepherd Rescue we can help try to get them some money. Here's the link:

Last night, I also was loosing stuff as well & then 9 hours later some showed up & now some other stuff I had added to my page reappeared. I believe some of our post is being intercepted & retrieves by government & checking us out. We are fighting evil here so we must be stopped! And maybe it has nothing to do with Care2 site! Just my two cents perception!

Pat B (356)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 12:24 pm
TY, Eureka...will pass this on to others.

mary f (200)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 12:35 pm

wiz w (7)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 1:04 pm
he should get a medal not deaf are they stubid or brainless

Catherine T (192)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 1:05 pm
eureka, you crack me up with your red shoes.
i'd do the same as all of you, but care2 people are a different breed. when people are denied coverage of a medical condition by their insurance, some contact the media and fight for their rights; others sit back and accept the decision. i don't think they care less about their life. they are just naturally passive people. i once paid for surgery for the dog of a poor family. i didn't require that they give me the dog. they didn't speak english, they struggled day to day to pay the essential bills, and they cried their eyes out when the dog got sick. maybe they shouldn't have taken on the responsibility of a dog, but it doesn't seem reasonable that all poor families should go without pets.

Elm M (357)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 1:37 pm

Without knowing the full story one should not judge.

I think here is more to this story than being told. Having a large woof like that, and having a home worth being burgled (or maybe not - maybe the burgler was an idiot too...) all seems to point to a family with means. Perhaps I'm completely wrong here. And if they did not have the means, they at least had brains, or not?

Either way, the rescue centre seems sure that Champ needs a new loving home. If they really thought it would be good for Champ to go back to his previous home, (they are not unfeeling) they would not have kept him, but raised funds to help the owners.

Many unanswered questions here, but with our help and prayers a loving home will be found for Champ, and the abundance needed for his medical care will come forth.

I agree with Janet Solomon - gratitude sorely lacking in today's world.

That said, let me express my gratitude.

I am very grateful to the care2 friends who have stood by animals no matter how difficult it is to read the horror stories.

Margaret S (53)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 1:51 pm
30 Monkeys Cooked Alive at a Charles River Lab - Nevada

Eureka i've just noted & left comment on your other story.

Elm M (357)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 2:01 pm
Oops, I thought that news story was lost in 'nether land' I posted it early today, but it just disappeared. Terry has also posted about it - I've noted his story. Thanks Margaret for letting me know that the story is up. Duplicates now. But never mind. The more, the merrier... Hope it galvanises the public into action!

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 2:48 pm
Noted. Sent a donation and will copy the page and pass around at work. I know of a few guys who would probably donate as well. Thanks for sharing this Eureka.

Christiane Wawrok (7)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 3:09 pm
I hope these horrible people will get robbed and robbed again. Without a brave dog who defents them.

Odin Torchwood (45)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 3:40 pm
This is tragic, had my 'Bruno' been in this situation (God bless he didn't), I would have pleaded to proceed and worry about the cost later. Pet insurance should be made available with affordable premiums to cover vet bills. Champ sacrificed his life to protect his owners only to be abandoned? How VERY dare they! Noté, Merci, Eureka for this poste et your commentaires too.

Odin Torchwood (45)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 3:47 pm
Donation déjas envoyon oui! Merci beau coup pour le poste, Noté!

Gillian M (218)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 4:12 pm
I agree with everyone, I'm sure that there would be some way to raise money, maybe even negotiating with a vet. There are places that one can ask for help from for vet bills. Personally, I would sell stuff to pay the bills!

I reached the same conclusion as you Eureka, that they had stuff to steal. Anyone who could just dump an animal who had saved their lives (& property) deserves nothing, especially this wonderful dog. There was no expression of regret mentioned. Of course we are only going on this article but I would have thought that pathos would be involved if there was any!

T Zabel (74)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 4:35 pm
This story breaks my heart and INFURIATES me!!!!

Ginger G (438)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 5:03 pm
I'll never understand why his former owners that he protected didn't set up an online fund or try in some way to get the money for him after what he did.

Peggy A (109)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 5:38 pm
This story is very upsetting.He risks his life to protect his family and their belongings and they reward him by dumping him at the pound.I would never give up any of my babies because of money I would just go deeper in debt and worry about it when I had to-Like I am now.I take in a lot of abused and unwanteds and it does get expensive.And I go into debt.But they want to live too and you do it somehow.Their love is worth it

Alice C (1797)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 8:03 pm
I spent thousands on medical care in my labs last few years...and it was worth every penny to have him with us during that time. However, If a family can't afford it that is another story. It's a shame that they could not keep him...I'm sure they miss him as he must miss them as well.

Eyda H (97)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 10:18 pm
You are right, without knowing the full story, we should not judge.,but..only ignorance or cruelty. Will pray for Champ!Poor baby!!! I hope he finds a forever home that will love him like he deserves!!!!

Maria Eugenia Escobedo (33)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 10:49 pm
Thank you Eureka!!! Done. and will share with all my friends too.

patrica and edw j (190)
Thursday March 18, 2010, 10:56 pm
Knowing his story - perhaps the animal hospital could have come to the party with an affordable plan. The RSPCA here runs on donations only but those that can pay could and should.

Donnette d (30)
Friday March 19, 2010, 12:34 am
Some people are disgusting.... Tragic story.. cannot donate but have noted, thank you for sharing!

Tekla Drakfrende (82)
Friday March 19, 2010, 1:33 am

Stephen Parnwell (5)
Friday March 19, 2010, 2:11 am

liz c (827)
Friday March 19, 2010, 6:38 am
It is too bad that the owners werent on Care2--they could have had their dogs bills paid. It has happened before. I hope that that brave dog gets a very deserving home.

De L (321)
Friday March 19, 2010, 7:06 am
Good idea Liz - maybe we should try and contact the rescue people - and have them join Care2 - I could do a fundraiser. Care2 people are very caring when it comes to the plight of animals. This has been done over and over - we all wish for Champs speedy recovery and a loving home.

Valerie S (70)
Friday March 19, 2010, 8:05 am
I will try to follow your lead Eureka and not judge since we don't in fact know the entire story about this brave, beautiful, and above all LOYAL dog who took 5 bullets to protect his family yet ended up abandoned without medical care by the family he so loyally protected. I struggle with it though because if they wanted this dog, would this story not have been more like - family desperately needs funding for medical care for their loyal companion canine who saved them from burglary?! I don't know....

What a good boy, I am glad to hear that the rescue is there to help him medically and to assist in finding him a home with a family who will return the loyalty of a good dog. If it were my dog (thank God above this has never happened to me) I would sell items I own, take out a loan, or beg on Care2, the web, the streets, get money to cover his medical needs. I could never ever ever ever turn my back on a pet.

End CrueltyDeb W (154)
Friday March 19, 2010, 8:21 am
I hope he finds a forever home.

Deana P (286)
Friday March 19, 2010, 9:37 am
Thanks so much for bringing this to my attention. I am a huge animal lover, dogs in particular. Greman Shepards are my fav breed of dgo. I'm very sorry to see the abuse they have been subjected too. I really appreciate the fact I can donate through paypal. I pray what I was able to send will make a difference. God Bless!!

Catherine T (192)
Friday March 19, 2010, 10:38 am
the real crime is that this dog was denied care for 10 days while police investigated. the dog was considered evidence and was only allowed pain meds and antibiotics.

also, my vet hands out a flyer to anyone facing surgery. it is a list of animal charities, and credit companies (,

Patricia C (96)
Friday March 19, 2010, 11:00 am
Thank you Eureka, noted. I can't imagine giving this brave boy up either, but if immediate payment was needed and they didn't have it, maybe they had no choice. How very sad for Champ, who must be terribly confused about what is going on. I could NEVER give up one of my "kids" for lack of money though, I would manage to find a way to pay.

Past Member (0)
Friday March 19, 2010, 11:09 am
OH BOY! - - - - :-(

Elm M (357)
Friday March 19, 2010, 11:29 am
Update on Champ posted by Maria. Sufficient funds received to cover his medical care! He has had surgery and is recovering beautifully. Will go to foster home while the search is on for a LOVING FOREVER HOME - where they are sensitive to the needs of a badly traumatised woof.

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Tamara W (176)
Friday March 19, 2010, 11:34 am

MsR S (189)
Friday March 19, 2010, 2:27 pm
Bless this angel and help his family understand his value. Love and gratitude to those who help in any way.

. (0)
Friday March 19, 2010, 2:59 pm
These people didn't deserve to have a dog like Champ and now Champ is going to find a very loving home with people who actually do love him.

Catherine T (192)
Friday March 19, 2010, 6:35 pm
He was just on the evening news! they said the family lives in south l.a., which is one of the poorest areas i know of. they also said the family does not want him back, which implies the rescue tried to work something out.

Gabriela G (76)
Friday March 19, 2010, 6:39 pm
I don't understand how the family could give up this beautiful dog, after he literally almost died to protect them.
I hope he finds the good home he deserves, because beside his bravery, he's a cutie.

pam w (139)
Friday March 19, 2010, 9:21 pm
Champ lived with a family in South-Central Los Angeles....not a wealthy community and not one where money for extensive veterinary costs might be easily absorbed. I think you all can understand that.

This dog is ALL OVER the news here and I suspect his life is going to take a wonderful turn for the better very soon!

liz c (827)
Saturday March 20, 2010, 6:10 am
Thank you Pam for the good news.

linda b (186)
Saturday March 20, 2010, 7:01 am
I'm not judging anyone , but no one should take the responsibility of owning animals unless they are in a position to do so and have the means to look after them.Hope Champ finds a loving home that is worthy of him.

Debbie Peddicord (0)
Saturday March 20, 2010, 7:29 am

dian W (82)
Saturday March 20, 2010, 10:36 am
Have sent this out to everyone I know.
I understand the money has now been raised!
Will continue to crosspost to see if a home can be found.
Trying not to judge, but truthfully, I just do not see it!
If that were my dog... I would NEVER give him up. NEVER!
I love my dog and would probably do anything for him... and he has NEVER taken any bullets or anything for me... I just LOVE him so much!
He loves me. I am not certain he would understand if I gave him up..??!!
He would ALWAYS wonder WHAT did he do wrong?

Yu L (41)
Saturday March 20, 2010, 11:52 am
touching story

Helen R (30)
Sunday March 21, 2010, 4:11 am
How could anyone leave him, this is so sad.

cassie l (228)
Sunday March 21, 2010, 9:57 am
That's some bloody way of Thanking this Champ, how people behave after he's been Saving their Lives. Poor dog, such a Hero. Well, his veterinary costs are surely sky high, but I'm sure he'll get a good new home with lots of TLC, and the money for the vet bill surely will pour in too, after all the media blizz. He's lucky to be alive and I'm sure he'll get a great Life, who wouldn't want a dog like him.

NoEmailsPls W (95)
Monday March 22, 2010, 3:18 pm
I hope that they are able to raise all the money they need. Thank you for this story Eureka.

NoEmailsPls W (95)
Monday March 22, 2010, 3:23 pm
Just seen your post to do with Champ having been operated on Eureka. That's great news. Thanks

SuS NoMail Plez P (244)
Tuesday March 23, 2010, 1:49 pm
TY, Noted Dearest Eureka. I agree, there are many sides to every story. But, that being said, I feel as adamant as many who would take 5 bullets for my they saved my life or not! There are many GREAT suggestions as to what must be done, but this is a tragic story and my HEART cries.

SuS NoMail Plez P (244)
Tuesday March 23, 2010, 1:52 pm
One last thing regarding the "glitches". THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR SO LONG, THAT I ACTUALLY WRITE DOWN MY BUTTERFLY CREDITS. This past weekend has been horrific! I lost over 3,000 BC and was pleased that they were on my page this morning {which they usually are, within a hundred or so}. What worries me is the HUNDREDS of petitions that I signed, and did not have EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM POSTED IN MY NOTEBOOK. I will do this in the future, as this is an ongoing problem! ThankX Eureka, again!

gail d (0)
Tuesday March 23, 2010, 11:13 pm
thanks Eureka

Rosette V (26)
Saturday March 27, 2010, 8:26 am
Hallo met Tanwi ik ben zo blij te horen dat het Champ nu beter gaat.Ik wens hem het allerliefste wat hij kan krijgen en willen.Hij verdiend het.
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