Dog Chained To Concrete Block and Left To Drown, Has Been Adopted

Deputy is an abused, seven-year-old Shepherd/Lab mix that someone chained to a concrete masonry unit (CMU). The monsters who did this were hoping he would drown as the water of a Missouri lake rose.  Park Rangers rescued him when they heard him crying.

The good news:  Deputy has been adopted and he has a new buddy, another Lab that he has already bonded with.

“When I arrived, I was able to gain his trust by offering treats and was able to free him from the cinder block and he walked into a kennel without hesitation,” said Tonya Hampton, an animal control officer, and employee of the Great Plains SPCA. “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.”

When he was found, he had a few broken teeth and skin masses, all of which were properly taken care of by the SPCA.  The wicked person who did this has still not been identified.

“I have a 16-year-old lab, she’ll be 17 in October, and I was thinking about getting another dog, and this popped up in the news,” John Piburn said. “I thought, ‘That’s got to be a sign.’ I’m a big dog person, and I just can’t believe someone would treat a dog that way. I just thought I needed to get him.”

He made the drive from Kansas City to Great Plains several times to spend time with Deputy and get to know him.

“I fell right in love with him,” Pilburn explained.  “He’s just a sweetie… a great dog.”

When Deputy met with his dog, Sandy, that sealed the deal.  The two got along fabulously, after that, the adoption was official.  Deputy will enjoy the rest of his life with a loving family.

“I am just elated,” Hampton said. “I just am so happy, and this is what makes it all worth it,” Hampton said. “That’s what we do here at Great Plains. We have so many animals that have situations, maybe not this drastic. They’re all looking for a home, and that’s exactly what we would like to do for them.”


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