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Jena Malone pursues dog-strike suspect and helps recover badly injured dog

A dog rescued by ‘Hunger Games’ actor Jena Malone from being beaten has suffered another setback, a friend of the owner said Thursday.

“The champion has more problems. he has a broken chest…they have to make sure [he’s] able to be operated on tomorrow,” the organizer of a GoFundMe page for the dog wrote.

At Twitter On Wednesday, Malone, who recently had a recurring role on Amazon’s “Goliath,” recounted her pursuit of a man she saw kicking and choking the dog on a leash in Hollywood. Malone first yelled at him from his car to stop, then chased after him on foot. She was joined by five men in pursuit of the man with the battered puppy, she wrote. She then returned to her car and drove to where the men surrounded the suspect, who no longer had the dog.

A scuffle ensued between the man and rescuers as they tried to snatch the animal from her, but Malone said she did not see it. Video posted by NBC Los Angeles (watch it below) showed the men beating the suspect without the dog as well.

Police arrived, Malone said, and after taking possession of the dog, waited for another officer to take the animal to the hospital.

“I can’t imagine the level of torture he has been through so far,” she wrote.

According to NBC Los Angeles, the LAPD arrested the man for animal cruelty, but did not charge the group that “attacked the man.”

The LAPD did not immediately return HuffPost’s request for comment.

Champ, a small dog with fluffy white hair, had been missing for five days and was reunited with his owner Kelly McKinney. He has already been reported to have broken ribs and a broken hind leg in two places on the GoFundMe page.



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