In April 2017 Jackson County park rangers were on patrol near Longview Lake in Missouri when they heard a noise that caught their attention. It seemed, in fact, as if an animal was crying for help. So, they followed the sound until they reached its source – and what they found was an abandoned dog in great need of attention.
Rangers had discovered the dog in a marshy area near the lake; there, the poor pooch had been tied by a 14-inch chain to a 12-inch-square cinder block. Sadly, this rendered the animal unable to move further than the length of chain allowed. And, sadder still, officials believe that the dog was probably left there to drown. Thankfully, though, park rangers had discovered him before this sickening fate came to pass.
But 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, he clearly needed urgent care. Ultimately, though, animal control officer Tonya Hampton attended the scene and became the pooch’s savior. Hampton explained to The Kansas City Star in 2017, “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.”