Starving Dog Found Locked in Crate in Public Park

“[Were] hoping and praying that he pulls through. We find a lot of this over at the park but this is the worst case of animal abuse and neglect I’ve ever seen.”

On Sunday, October 5, 2014, Melrose Park Neglected Dogs feeders, a group of volunteers in Houston, Texas, who feed and help find placement within rescue organizations for the hundreds of dumped dogs found at the park, came across a case of abuse and neglect unlike any they had seen before. A malnourished, almost dead dog was dumped at the park. The pet named Sampson, was locked inside his urine and feces filled crate.

The dog, believed to be a lab/Shar Pei mix was rushed to Abbott Animal Clinic and there, veterinarians examined the canine and discovered he was emaciated weighing just 26 pounds.

Sampson. Photo Credit: Melrose Park Neglected Dogs.
Sampson. Photo Credit: Melrose Park Neglected Dogs.


A normal dog has a body temperature of 102 degrees range, but Sampson’s body temperature was just 92 degrees.

“[Were] hoping and praying that he pulls through,” Melissa Melvin McMillan, founder of the organization told KHOU. “We find a lot of this over at the park but this is the worst case of animal abuse and neglect I’ve ever seen.”

As soon as Sampson was spotted, Melrose Park Neglected Dogs put out a plea on their Facebook wall to help the dog. Thanks to the power of social media, within the hour the organization had collected close to $1,000 in donations.

The dog was so weak that he couldn’t stand on his own. He has no muscle mass or strength to support his emaciated body, but veterinarians are hopeful that with round the clock care, Sampson will make a full recovery.

On his first night at the clinic, the pet ate some food and drank water on his own. His body temperature rose to 100.1 and by the next morning he was able to stand on his own but just for a few seconds.

Sampson. Photo Credit: Melrose Park Neglected Dogs.
Sampson. Photo Credit: Melrose Park Neglected Dogs.


Since news of Sampson’s horrific abuse was made public, hundreds of animal lovers have come together to donate towards his medical care. Sampson’s online fund has reached over $9,000 in donations, and many other people have donated directly to Abbott.

Melrose Park Neglected Dogs is extremely grateful for the support the community has shown Sampson. The organization is happy to help the animals they find abandoned at the park, but they do have a message for all irresponsible pet owners.

“We are not a “rescue” we are volunteers who feed and help the dogs of Melrose who have been dumped. We rely totally on the support of citizens and rescues to help us. Without donations, fosters and rescues we would be helpless. To anyone contemplating dumping a dog at Melrose please don’t. We don’t have the means to help them all and that park is cruel and we cannot be there 24/7. This week we had 3 dogs die over there and it’s heartbreaking. I sincerely thank everyone for helping Sampson he really needed your prayers and support.”

Sampson continues to receive care at Abbott Animal Clinic. AARF Houston has stepped up to help the dog, and they will be handling Sampson’s adoption once he is healthy enough to move to a forever home.

If you would like to help Sampson, you can make an online donation here or contact Abbott Animal Clinic at 281-893-5000 (mention Melrose Park Neglected Dogs and Sampson).

313 thoughts on “Starving Dog Found Locked in Crate in Public Park

  1. perhaps some of the 9000 should be used for surveillance cameras to catch these bastards and lay charges…just a thought! Get well Sampson!!

  2. hate these people that do this to animals, get a life starve yourself instead of other living loveable beings,Does it make you feel good doing this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Big hugs little one hope you get better really fast♥

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  4. He will survive,I just feel it.Beautiful dog.Humans are so cruel,it drives me crazy thinking of all the suffering they can cause.

  5. Public park… why people not report right away… what wrong with these people … so sad! or maybe someone drop it off very early in the morning… wish him well

  6. Dogs are such extremely amazing creatures…. They are so strong which comes from they’re big beautiful hearts!!! God Bless you sweet Sampson

  7. i hope the person who did this starve to death and pray the poor baba gets a home where he gets all the love and care he deserves

  8. The park is directly across the street from the SPCA – why couldn’t they just take him there? I hope they catch whoever is responsible and prosecute to the full extent of the law!

  9. How about since the authorities KNOW dumping is going on there, they put one of those wildlife cameras out and catch some of those SOB’s on film, maybe get a car tag ?!! I’d like to wait w a baseball bat myself…. grrrr!!!!

  10. Oh Good LORD, Disturbing pain in my face & brain!!!! Oh Lord help this dog! I pray for those who brought this situation to a head to have wisdom and the other necessary resources to assist this animal and others that come into their care. Amen

  11. If this is happening so often at the park then do something about it! Fine the sh*t out of the bastards who did this!!!!! Unacceptable.

  12. I wish I had enough money to buy enough land to build an enormous shelter for all of these abused babies. I would make sure they all had the best medical treatment and housing and never be lonely again.

  13. God Bless this sweet boy. He’ll be so handsome when he’s fattened up and people are loving on him! I pray he recovers and finds a forever home. He’ll be a great family member! Want to know what happens.

  14. I hope he recovers well. I can’t believe how much animal cruelty still goes on in this world. I have made a small donation.

  15. ThatPOS that did this to this baby ,she burn in HELL. Thank you to all of you for helping this sweet baby ,Write a comment…

  16. THANK YOU to help, poor thing 🙁 hope the dogs can survive and not having trauma..please continue your noble work, God bless you.

  17. Such sorrow, it is beyond words, it is heart shattering that anyone could do this. Thank god there are good people to pick up the pieces keep up the amazing work you do

  18. I am just sick – we are such an awful species (the human race). You don’t see animals torturing each other for no good reason. Now I would love to think that some person was unable to care for it and figured that it would be found right away and taken care of – but how is locking it in a crate in a park and leaving it any different than abandoning them in the country, toed to a fence near a shelter or in my rescue’s case – tied to a bus stop. If they care so little for a helpless being like this, how do they care for something equally important (or to some, more) – their children?

  19. wish for two things, first all the luck inthe world for the wee Soul, second 5 min alone with the scumbags who did this

  20. Who does this to a beautiful dog? So glad the little angel is being looked after and will find a forever home

  21. Poor little darling. I have no idea how a human can do this to an animal. Good work to the people nursing him back to health.

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