Sick, abused dogs left for dead at Melrose Park across from shelter

8 rescued dogs need foster families

HOUSTON - While many were celebrating this holiday weekend with their families, Melissa McMillan spent the weekend picking up dead and sick dogs from a public park.

"The German shepherd was eating the remains of a dead dog that was dumped in a bag along the fence," said McMillan, founder of Peaceful Pit Bull Humane Society.

McMillan said she was called to Melrose Park by a concerned resident after the woman spotted a dead dog in a trash bag.

"I didn't expect it to be this bad, especially in front of a Harris County shelter," said McMillan.

McMillan said the part that upsets her the most is that the abused dogs are being dumped right across the street from a county animal shelter.

She told Local 2 that the county told her they can't do anything about it, because the park falls under the city of Houston.

So, it'll be up to the city shelter, BARC, to rescue these animals.

Our cameras where there when the volunteer found another dumped dog. This one was shaking, severely dehydrated, and could barely breath.

The worst part, the roughly five-pound dog had a harness, which means at one point it had an owner.

That owner ditched it with a ten-foot metal chain attached to its collar, making it hard for the dog to even move.

"I think it's pretty inhumane. How could they go in and out of work everyday looking at this? How could you do that? Have a heart!"

Local 2 tried contacting both the city and county shelters, but never heard back.

Meantime, McMillan is looking for donations for foster families for the eight dogs she has rescued so far.

Donations can be made directly to Peaceful Pit Bull HS Texas via PayPal to

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