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Abandoned Dog Rescued From Colorado Mountaintop

Abandoned Dog Rescued From Colorado Mountaintop
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A German shepherd dog was found injured and abandoned August 11 on the Mount Bierstadt mountain range, part of the majestic Rockies, in Colorado.  Two hikers, Scott and Amanda Washburn, discovered the dog they came to call Lucky, with bloody paws, dehydrated and unable to walk.  “My wife broke down crying at the thought of leaving the dog to die,” said Washburn.

Mount Bierstadt Mountain Range

The Rescue

Mount Bierstadt is over 14,000 feet in elevation.  The Washburns were unable to carry the 112 pound dog down the mountain.  They applied bandages to her paws in an attempt to help the dog walk, but she still refused.

Determined to try and save the suffering pooch, Washburn posted a photo they had taken of her on a social website for hikers called 14ers.com — a local reference to the Mount Bierstadt mountain range having an altitude of 14,000 feet.  Within a day, people had volunteered to attempt a rescue.  A group of eight people organized and made a plan.  On Monday, August 13, they hiked to where she was last seen and eventually found the dog in almost the same exact spot.

The round trip took about nine hours.  All volunteers were able to get the dog down the mountain with no injuries.  Putting Lucky in a specially made backpack enabled the dog to be carried off the mountain in safety.  Once at the bottom, she managed to walk to a vehicle.  The GSD was taken to a veterinarian for examination and discovered not to have any fractures or internal injuries.  Dehydration and cuts on her paws was the extent of it.

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4:57PM PDT on Apr 16, 2014

Thank you

3:48AM PDT on Apr 9, 2014

Thank you

3:13PM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

Missy should recieve a happy new dog' s life!

3:37AM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

thank you for sharing 7/7

8:15AM PDT on Jun 28, 2013

sorry, but I would stay with my pets even if it meant demise for all of us. I would NOT leave them to fend for themselves. If my house were on fire, I would not leave it without my fur babies; just the way it is. This man does NOT deserve this dog, he left her for dead. Glad to see she is with someone that realizes what a precious life she is, and not leave her for dead on top of a mountain. Why even risk her or any animal by bringing them up there? Take her for a walk in the park, a field, not atop a mountain where everyone knows dangers exist.

4:11AM PDT on May 31, 2013

This is a tear jerker!!! As I read it the tears were streaming down my face!!! The thing to remember is she was rescued by strangers and is safe, no thanks to her owner!!!

4:36AM PDT on May 27, 2013

thank you for sharing

11:31PM PDT on May 21, 2013

I can say with ABSOLUTE certainty that I would rather die a horrible death than let one of my family die alone like that. And my animals are my family.

He should have gone back for her by himself, or with a few friends. He should have found her and then called the police and told them he broke his leg and couldn't get back. There are quite a few things this guy COULD have done.

No way he deserves to get that beautiful dog back.

2:04PM PDT on May 13, 2013

We need to teach children from a young age to be responsible for the lives of the animals they encounter and what to do (and NOT do) in a variety of situations and where to get help when they need it. I am thankful that Lucky is in the hands of someone who can truly care for him and I am so very grateful that the rescuers cared enough to risk their lives for another.

5:58PM PDT on May 3, 2013

Hit send too soon.

The "young boy" was actually 19 years old. He was an inexperienced hiker, but NOT a small child. Mr. Ortolani was totally unprepared for such a trek & had he done a bit more research, he would have realized that area is NOT dog or child friendly.

The court case was decided last fall & John, one of the rescuers adopted Missy.

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