Heroic Strangers Rescue Abandoned Dog From 13,000 Ft. Colorado Mountain
Recently in the Colorado mountains an amazing kind of rescue took place. Hikers Scott Washburn and his wife Amanda had accidentally wandered a little off the trail during a hike when they came upon Missy, a German Shepherd mix. Missy was wedged in a crevice off the main trail. She was in very bad shape, her paws were bleeding, and she was severely dehydrated. Also her nostrils were plugged shut and she was clearly having trouble breathing.
The couple gave Missy food and water but were not able to carry the 100 lb. dog back down the 13,000 ft. mountain. But once they got back on the ground they started calling around trying to find a rescue organization that would go back up and get her. A similar incident in July had happened with 2 dogs and their owners and a rescue organization had gone up and brought them back down. But this time organizations were hesitant to do so since there were no humans involved and they didn't want to take the risk.
That is when the couple decided to post a photo of Missy on a mountain climber's website called 14ers.com. That Sunday night a search team had tried and failed to find her. But the next day on Monday, a second team of eight volunteers, including Washburn and veteran hiker Chris O'Riley, went back up and found her. The hiking team rigged a makeshift sling to get her off the crevice. They then put her into a a large backpack, which members of the team took turns carrying. It took 9 long hours to get her back down safely. During this time a fierce snowstorm started also. It is felt that Missy never would've survived the storm if she had not been found and rescued. After they got her back on the ground, Missy was rushed to the emergency vet clinic.
Missy was being called the "Miracle Dog" because she had been abandoned by her owner for 8 whole days without food and water. While she was in the vet clinic a man contacted the 14ers website claiming to be her owner. He said that Missy had injured herself and he could not carry her down so he left her there to get help of which he could not find any one to help him. So he left her there all alone but now he wants her back.
Missy's rescuers do not want her to go back to this man so for now this very sweet and lucky dog is still in the custody of the county. She is waiting to be cleared by the vet and is expected to make a full recovery. But Missy's rescuers don't want to give her back and the sheriff is now looking into who should get Missy back.
One thing is for sure though, if it had not been for the determination and bravery of the 8 man rescue team, Missy would not be here for anyone to fight over.
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