However, after much searching of the wooded area, Barnett was unable to locate the troublesome dog’s whereabouts. Strangely, even though the officer could still hear the barking, he could not see any sign of the animal anywhere. It wasn’t until Barnett stumbled upon a small creek among the trees, in fact, that the officer felt like he was making any kind of progress.
From this new location, Barnett could hear a whimpering noise that sounded like it was coming from nearby. But although the animal controller subsequently scanned the banks of the waterway for any visual clues, he could see neither hide nor hair of the hound. Then Barnett’s eyes were drawn down to the filthy water of the creek below.
That is when Barnett was confronted with a sight that may haunt him for a long time. There, below him in the creek, was the head of a dog, submerged right up to his neck in water. In addition, the mud of the creek was so thick that the animal was stuck fast, completely unable to move. And the hound would look up at Barnett with beseeching eyes.