Custody Battle for Missy
The Washburns had decided to try and adopt the dog they call Lucky. With Ortalani coming forward to claim her and explain his decision to abandon her, he has now been charged with animal cruelty by the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Department. A court date had been scheduled for October 16, at which time it is expected the judge will rule on custody of Missy. If convicted, Ortalani could face an 18 month prison term and a $5,000 fine.
Currently, Missy remains at the veterinary hospital. When she is fully recovered, she will be taken to the county animal shelter until the court determines a disposition.
What is your opinion about Missy?
Most pet guardians would like to believe if faced with a similar situation, they would not have abandoned their own dog. But, in all fairness, until you are faced with an actual situation, I don’t think anyone can say with absolute certainty which decision they would have made. Many Hurricane Katrina pet owners chose to stay with their pets during the 2005 tragedy rather than abandon them for their own safety. Yet, many also left them to their fate on rooftops or elsewhere. Can you really say for sure what you would have done? Watch the CBS News video and draw your own conclusions.
The good news is Missy is safe and healthy. Although the ordeal was no doubt emotionally traumatic for her, her physical injuries will heal.
A huge thank-you goes out to Scott Washburn and all the other hikers who put their heads together and devised a plan to rescue Missy from an impossible situation and then carried it out successfully. What a selfless act it was. Kudos too, to the website 14ers.com for making the effort possible. The internet can be a dangerous place for too trusting an individual, but look at the wonderful goodness it can achieve!
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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