Unfortunately, though, the dog didn’t just have physical problems: he seemed to have mental scars, too. The Kansas City Star reported that Deputy “was nervous and scared” when he was first brought in by the rescue team, for instance. But, in time, Hampton was able to feed him treats; the dog would also begin to let both shelter employees and strangers stroke him.
While Deputy continued to recover, however, investigators set about finding the person or people responsible for the abuse. “They need to answer for their actions,” Hampton insisted in a 2017 interview with Kansas City station KMBC. She added, “It just makes you wonder what people are thinking and what kind of person would do something like that.”