Hampton added that when she was told about the dog and his need for help, she “ran out there.” When the officer arrived at the lake, though, she was not prepared for the shocking spectacle that greeted her. “He was still pretty sad and cold when I got there,” Hampton said. “I was very sad for him. It was obvious this had been done intentionally. So, I just wanted to get him out of that situation as fast as possible.”
And Hampton would also explain in a 2017 interview with People, “When I arrived, I was able to gain his trust by offering treats and was able to free him from the cinder block. Once at the shelter, he was still a little reserved; however, after a few minutes he [lit] up as if he knew he was safe. We gave him a bath since he was so very muddy, and he seemed to appreciate our efforts.”
Despite the horrific circumstances in which the dog was found, though, it appeared as if he had previously been treated well. He was well nourished, for one, while his coat – after it had been washed to remove the mud – was glossy and healthy. He’d been neutered, too. Someone had seemingly cared for the animal, then, which made the apparent decision to abandon him all the more puzzling.