Jena Malone Helped Perform A Citizen’s Arrest On A Man Who Was Abusing A Dog

April 7, 2022 / Posted by:

Jena Malone, star of my childhood (Stepmom, Donnie Darko, and Saved!) and the Hunger Games movies, found herself involved in some real-life drama on Monday. Jena was driving in Los Angeles when she saw a man abusing a small dog. She later tweeted that he was kicking the poor pup and “yanking him up in the air and absolutely choking” him. Jena yelled at the guy to stop, but he wouldn’t. So she jumped out of her car and began chasing his ass!

Jena tweets that she was soon joined in her chase by several men, so she decided to stop running “as I have no business trying to restrain a full grown man.” She went back to her car and drove in the direction the men had run. Six blocks away, a big group had gathered and several of the men were brawling with the dog abuser. He had been separated from the pooch, but Jena says she was later told that “the man did not give up the dog without a fight.” She pulled over, got ahold of the poor doggo, and waited with him until the cops came. Jena writes that “the dog was covered in filth and looked like it had been not taken care of for months.” Once a cop took the dog to the hospital, it was discovered that the sweet pup had “a fractured rib, bone breaks in its hind legs, and another fracture in its right paw.” 

Here is Jena’s full account on Twitter:

Here is a news report of the incident, including statements from Jena and other witnesses, actual footage of the brawl (which continued after the dog was rescued), and the man being arrested by the cops for animal cruelty:

Jena later provided another (happier) update on her Twitter; the dog was chipped and his real owner had been found! The lil’ baby’s name is Champion and his momma is Kelly McKinney, a woman who runs a food bank and donations center for the underprivileged. Poor Champion had been missing five days before the big chase. He will need multiple surgeries for his injuries, but vets are optimistic that he’ll make a full recovery over the next few weeks. There’s more information about Champ and Kelly on his GoFundMe page:

What a terrifying situation! Thank the doggie heavens that little Champ is on the mend. He’s probably still in shock; from his horrible five days and the fact that he was saved by the girl who played young Jodie Foster in Contact.


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