These images, posted to the Humane Society of Louisiana's Facebook page on Friday, show the dog clinging to an ever-shrinking mound of earth amid rising rainwater.
The dog's owner, Tendrick Cooper, addressed the outcry on social media, claiming the pictures don't tell the whole story.
"He has a shelter outside, but he chose not to go in it," Cooper told WSMV 4. "He had the chain wrapped around the tree."
Ultimately, the dog was removed from his lonesome perch by a relative of the owner.
Cooper, who came home to the social media firestorm, has since maintained his dog is not neglected, but rather well cared for. The dog remains with him today.