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‘Stepmom’ star Jena Malone helps save dog from horrific abuse in 'heroic' crowd rescue

The 37-year-old actress tweeted that the incident 'was really scary'
Jena Malone (left) was in her car when she saw a man reportedly abusing his dog and was seen cradling the dog (right) after it was rescued (Getty Images/ Dia Dipasupil and NBC)
Jena Malone (left) was in her car when she saw a man reportedly abusing his dog and was seen cradling the dog (right) after it was rescued (Getty Images/ Dia Dipasupil and NBC)

Actress Jena Malone has reportedly helped save a dog’s life after she saw a man torturing the animal on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. It has been said that the unidentified man was beating and “choking” the bichon frise-type dog, named Champion, when the 37-year-old "got out of" her car to stop him but he fled. However, eventually, the accused was caught by three other men who reportedly beat him up. Malone was not involved in the mob justice meted out to the animal abuser.

One man who reportedly tackled the alleged animal abuser also asked him, “What the f**k are you doing?” The accused reportedly showed no remorse when he was confronted by a cameraman for his actions. He told him that the dog was not behaving properly and that's why he abused him. “That's why I did it, it's my mother's dog and he should obey me.” It has been said that the suspect was taken into custody on suspicion of animal cruelty.


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The ‘Stepmom’ star also shared about the Monday, April 4, incident on Twitter, saying, “This was really scary. I saw a man kicking repeatedly a small dog on the sunset, yanking him up in the air and absolutely choking the dog. I yelled at him to stop from my car but he wouldn’t. I got out of my car to try and get the dog but he started running. ( thread).”

Jena Malone got out of her car to stop the dog being abused on Sunset Boulevard(Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)



Jena Malone says it was a 'miracle' when she saw other people chasing after the animal abuser too (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)



She continued: “So I started chasing him. I saw other people watching on the street upset, as they must have seen the same abhorrent behavior I witnessed, so I tried to signal a man in an orange vest to run with me to chase him." In her next tweet, she wrote, "Cause at that point I really didn’t think I was going to be able to get the dog back by myself. After another block of chasing him down I looked back and there were 5 other men behind me pursuing him. Which felt like a miracle.”



Jena Malone poses for a portrait at the Los Angeles premiere of Vertical's "Lorelei" at Laemmle Royal on July 28, 2021, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

Malone went on to write, “So at this point I held back and let them take the lead as I have no business trying to restrain a full grown man.  I went back to get my car( it was still running ) and drove to see if they caught him. 6 blocks down from where the chase began a big group had gathered and it look like the man no longer had the dog. So I pulled over to make sure that dog was going to be cared for. I didn’t see the brawl but I was told that the man did not give up the dog without a fight.”

She added: “and this is the tail end of a heated fight that ensued. The cops came and took the guy. I waited with dog til another cop came to take them to the hospital. The dog was covered in filth and looked like it had been not taken care of for months.”





Jena Malone attends The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and InStyle Party during 2018 Toronto International Film Festival at Four Seasons Hotel on September 8, 2018, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images,)

The ‘Hunger Games’ star also posted about the dog’s health by tweeting, “After coming out of the hospital , the dog is ok but has a fractured rib , bone breaks in it’s hind legs and another fracture in its right paw. It was absolutely horrific seeing an animal treated this way. I’m sorry that it ended in a brawl but the dog was going to die. No question. I can’t imagine the level of torture it had suffered until this point. And now it’s safe in a hospital. Still no word on its owner.”

Later, Malone said: “Update: the dog was chipped and back with his owner. The dog had been missing for a week. His name is champion and is happily out of hospital and with his owner. Watch out for the go fund me link soon. His multiple surgeries will be a lot for the owner to take care of alone,” before sharing a GoFundMe link to raise funs for the dog.