She was dropped off in the parking lot of a Sam's Club in Memphis, Tennessee. Her owner drove away and never came back.

 And for days, this dog howled.

Mary Murphy, a volunteer at Arrow Dog Rescue, was leaving Sam's Club when she came across the howling dog. But she couldn't one could get close enough to the dog to slip a collar around her neck. So Murphy started spending her days in the parking lot too. She would bring a chair. A book. Sometimes, even her own dog.

Then, after the dog had spent nine days in the parking lot, Murphy, with some help from the owner of a neighboring car lot, slipped a collar around her neck.

Gradually, Murphy earned the dog's trust. And soon, the dog had a new name. Samantha. Next?

A new life. Samantha is in the care of Arrow Dog Rescue and will soon be looking for a foster home.


Responses to "Abandoned Dog Stood Howling For Days After Owner Drove Off"

  1. dgrazia says:

    There is a special place in hell for people, who abandon their pets.

  2. pilvikki says:

    dgrazia, i'm with you on that!

    and hopefully a special place in heaven for the marys. good woman!

  3. Unknown says:

    I have a male that looks like her I'll be looking her up

  4. Lell says:

    Disgusting heartless and cowardly thing to do, thank god for people who actually care about animals, so sad....

  5. Unknown says:

    It is heart-wrenching to hear of such cold heartless acts of the human species. A huge Thank you to all that truly care. Mary is amazing and its a relief to know Samantha will end up in a great happy home.

  6. I can't imagine what conditions brought them to abandoning this animal. Who knows what their situation is?

  7. do not deserve to have any animal, shameful, and makes me very sad that people can treat animals this way, they are pack creatures and bond with their owners. So why can't they ensure her safety by at least contacting an animal shelter

  8. Anonymous says:

    Abandonment is lazy and heartless. Amazing it took 9 days of grieving for the dog to allow herself to be comforted. Bless those who keep their heart and eyes open for the benefit of all sentient beings!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Carla Lopez: Who CARES what their situation is? This is totally unacceptable. If they could not keep her, contact a rescue group, try to have someone adopt her, take her to a shelter. Don't just throw her out in the middle of a Sam's parking lot. I am involved in rescue and their is ALWAYS an option - ALWAYS - other than throwing them out like trash.

  10. Unknown says:

    Sick....absolutely sick. I dont give a rats rear end what their situation is. You dont throw out an animal like a peice of trash. They arent disposable. They should have taken the poor dog to a shelter. There is NO excuse for this.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Find them. Take them somewhere (the further out the better. and then - abandom THEM!

  12. Unknown says:

    some people are vile..there are things you can do to rehome a dog...that was an unspeakable act of vile treachery to this lovley Girl...i would like to meet the person who did this..they wpould have mighty lot of explaining to do...if they could still talk after i done with em.

  13. Unknown says:

    No matter what the circumstances were YOU DO NOT GET RID OF FAMILY PERIOD.

  14. There is just no words for this act of cruelty! I can actually say, that over the 38 years I have lived in the country where I do, that most of my dogs and cats, have been drop offs!! I have raised some pretty darn beautiful spirits that someone just threw away like it were garbage! I am so happy this sweet girl is doing better. God bless her a forever home soon if not already. Merry Christmas "Samantha" deserve a great big Christmas bone.

  15. Unknown says:

    Oh My Gosh that is so sad i hate PEOPLE THAT Abandon their dog's it is so wrong and cruel and so sad as well how can anybody do that to their Family Member they do deserve to be in Hell for what they did to her

  16. Anonymous says:

    As long as I live, I will never understand humans.

  17. Anonymous says:

    This is deeply disturbing and heartbreaking. How anyone could do this to a sentient being is beyond me. So glad that Mary was in a position to be able to take the care and time to rescue this sweet dog.

  18. Gaetano says:

    Pos. How can someone abandon an animal and in such a terrible way. Thank god for people who notice and intervene to help. So sad. Makes me furious and I hope whomever abandoned this poor animal never had another pet. Pos!

  19. Anonymous says:

    No matter what the home life was like no need to just abandoned the poor dog plenty of shelters around that would have been the decent thing to d thank goodness their are such places.

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  21. Naji says:

    How can anyone do that? Will you leave your child in a parking lot and drive off? Breaks my heart

  22. Sad - I am so sick of abusive owners. I hope this beautiful dog finds a better home.

  23. Unknown says:

    That poor baby wasn't howling, she was crying probably a mixture of broken heart and was scared and hungry.

  24. Unknown says:

    What is wrong with people? Hope she finds a new home and can heal her broken heart

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