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 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.
Read more: 14ers.com, amanda washburn, animal cruelty, animal rescue, animal rights, animal welfare, animals, anthony ortalani, colorado, dog, german shepherd, lucky, missy, Mount Bierstadt, Rocky Mountains, scott washburn, social media
Photos of Missy/Lucky from Facebook
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