Park Rangers outside of Kansas City, Missouri made a shocking and heartbreaking discovery at Longview Lake on Friday. A terrified, mud-caked dog – since named Deputy by his rescuers – had been chained to a 12″ x 12″ concrete masonry block and presumably left to drown as the waters rose. He is now recovering at the Great Plains SPCA in Independence, MO where staff describes him as a “loving, happy dog.”
Park rangers heard Deputy’s cries and began investigating the banks of Longview Lake. They discovered the dog standing in muddy water, shivering from the cold, and contacted Jackson County Animal Control. Officer Tonya Hampton, who is also an employee of Great Plains SPCA, responded.
‘I was very sad for him,” Hampton told KMBC News 9. “It was obvious this had been done intentionally.”
Adding to this tragic mystery is the fact that Deputy appears to have been well cared for. He is a healthy weight, has been neutered, and after a good bath, SPCA staff discovered a soft, shiny coat. The Lab/Shepherd mix is estimated to be between five and seven years old.
Once Deputy realized he was safe, his sweet, outgoing personality emerged. His new friends at the SPCA feel he will have no trouble finding a new, loving home.
He will be available to meet potential adopters starting Wednesday!
lthough investigators are relieved that he was rescued with minimal physical and emotional trauma, they are determined to find the person or persons responsible for putting Deputy in danger.
“They need to answer for their actions,” Hampton said. “It just makes you wonder what people are thinking, and what kind of person could do something like that.”
Just two weeks ago, Deputy was another nameless, abandoned dog. Someone chained him to a cinder block in the shallows of a Kansas City Lake and left him to die.
Today, he is the beloved, boisterous pet of John Pitburn, his new adoptive dad.
A video posted by the Kansas City Star shows the 7-year-old Shepherd-Lab Mix grinning from ear to ear and proudly posing for photos at Pitburn’s side. Since his rescue, Deputy has been vaccinated, undergone dental work for some broken teeth, and had a few skin masses removed.