In April 2017 Jackson County park rangers were patrolling Longview Lake, Missouri, when they heard a noise that caught their attention. An animal was crying for help. So, they followed the sound until they reached its source. What they found was an abandoned dog in great need of attention.
Rangers discovered the dog in a marshy area near the lake. Here, the poor pooch was tied by a 14-inch chain to a 12-inch by 12-inch cinder block. Sadly, this rendered the animal unable to move further than the length of chain allowed. And, sadder still, officials believe he was probably left there to drown. Thankfully, park rangers discovered him before this sickening fate came to pass.
Although the dog had not drowned in the rising water, he was in a very sorry state. Caked in mud and shivering from the cold and wet, it clearly needed attention and fast! Luckily, an animal control officer, Tonya Hampton, attended the scene and became the pooch’s savior. Hampton explained, “The park rangers called me from Longview Lake, and they said they had found a dog down by the water’s edge, set in the mud.”