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Abandoned Dog Rescued From Colorado Mountaintop

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Rescuers secure Missy in preparation for dissent off the mountian.

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!

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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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