Ernest Dempsey — Early this month when Toni Maria King moved to her new house in Warrenville, South Carolina, with her family, she had never imagined her dear pet dog will become a victim to the breed-hatred of her neighbors. But it happened, turning her life over to a painful state of victimization.
Toni moved in her new house with her husband, two kids, and two pet dogs—including the 5-year-old pit bull named Champ—on the first day of February. Keeping to itself and never bothering the neighbors, the peace of life in the news house proved short-lived as Thursday, February 16 brought the never-imagined hell to reality.
That day, shortly before 4 pm, Champ broke loose from the tie out and went outside. Minutes after that, the neighbors accused Champ of biting their child and one man in the neighborhood also complained of a bite by Champ. In no time, the animal control was called and Champ was taken into custody for being a reportedly dangerous dog.
In shock over what had happened, Toni asked for reports of bite, but none were provided before Monday. And those that were shown to her appeared so openly false reports that she went on to post those on the wall of the Facebook page created for gathering support for Champ.
“Our Pitt was only loose for maybe 4 minutes when I noticed, when I yelled for him he came right around the corner of the house in 2 seconds so he was in my yard not where they were saying he was,” tells Toni.
In addition, copies of statements by the accusers of Champ have been posted on the facebook page and change of position more than once pointed out to show how the accusers are playing as team to send Champ to death.
Why they would target Champ, Toni has no idea; she just makes a guess that the neighbors think of pit bulls as vicious and Champ happens to be of this doomed breed that has been vitiated and wronged by humans in so many places that thousands of them have been killed over alleged bits and assumptions of being dangerous.
Champ is currently being kept at the Aiken County Animal Services, where he is languishing. Sad and stressed due to suddenly finding himself caged and away from his loving owners, he has stopped eating normally and appears to be losing weight rapidly.
“His spirit is crushed,” tells Toni, who is no less suffering than a mother whose baby is taken away from her by force.
Toni is now seeking legal assistance from The Lexus Project to get Champ back from the web of accusations that are threatening the life of the once free and cared after family dog as well as the peace of Toni and her family. An online petition has also been started to gather support for Champ.