Colorado hikers rescue injured dog
A very lucky German Shepherd mix owes her life to a group of pet-friendly hikers. Missy was stuck for eight days at the summit of a 13,000 foot mountain in Colorado. A hiker who couldn’t reach the dog snapped a photo of her and posted it on the Internet.
When another group of hikers saw the photo, they braved a massive snowstorm. Chase Lindell, Alex Gelb and six others decided to try to find the dog they only knew from a photo.
“Just the thought of a dog being left up there, I mean I figured it is worth a chance to try to go find it,” says rescuer Chase Lindell.
So they hiked, not even knowing if Missy was still alive. She was. She seemed weak and couldn’t move much. The rescuers hauled Missy out on a backpack.
The dog seemed really weak and she couldn't move much at all. And given the terrain there was no way the dog was walking out of there. So, they put her into a backpack.
The rescue took nine hours, but they got Missy down off the mountain. She's being treated for paw injuries and dehydration.
When word of the dog's rescue got out, her owner, Anthony Ortalani came forward with this web posting: "All I can say is that I am relieved that she is ok."
Ortalani say he was hiking with Missy when she got hurt. He tried to carry her down the mountain but a storm was approaching so he had to leave her behind.
He says he contacted authorities when he got off the mountain but was told a rescue would be too dangerous.
Now he wants her back.
The sheriff's department and animal welfare are now looking into who should get Missy, for keeps.
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