A woman who was hiking on a steep incline in the Yorkshire Dales, came across a startling sight. A brown lurcher-saluki cross was on the verge of death and looked like a bag of bones when he was discovered by her near the summit wall by the Second World War memorial on Buckden Pike. She quickly alerted mountain rescuers who went to the dog's aid.

The dog had broken its leg at the summit of a 2,264 ft. fell and it was a sheer miracle that he was found alive after nearly a month without food. He was lucky to have fallen on the side of the wall that shielded him from most bad weather.

The eight-strong team transferred the dog to a rescue vehicle near the village of Starbotton in Wharfedale, North Yorks. Team leader Andy Jackson, 44, said: “When we eventually moved him, we put him into a casualty bag and on to the stretcher, the actual grass had started to die where he had been sitting.

“He was happy to see us. He just had nothing in him. There was a lot of bone. He was obviously a thin dog anyway, but it looked like he hadn’t eaten.” He added that it was likely that he was hurt while chasing after a rabbit. “He was quite happy to be picked up, kept warm and seemed to quite enjoy his trip down in the stretcher. He made no attempt to get off. He just seemed happy.”

The rescue team nicknamed him, 'Wufra' and then he was transferred to canine training business, 'The Dog People' in nearby Grassington, where he is being looked after until he recovers. Boss, Helen Coates, said: “We are making sure he gets rest and food. He’s eating and drinking and starting to walk around.”

“We’ll look after him here until he’s better,” said Helen. “Hopefully his rightful owner will turn up to collect him. But if not, he might become part of the family.”

Responses to "Injured dog rescued from mountain after nearly a month without food (Photos)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    When these stories come up, I feel happiness that not every human is foolish and cruel. God bless those that rescued this beautiful baby :)

  2. Anonymous says:

    maravilloso, que ternura

  3. Anonymous says:

    thank you to all of you folks there is still some love left in this world

  4. Sharon Thomas says:

    well happy the sweetie is ok and that he will be ok. It would be teem effort and that is the lady that found the dog as well:

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  6. Debbie says:

    Please keep us updated. Happy ending indeed.

  7. D. R. Roadman says:

    Such a wonderful story of rescue for this sweet little dog. God Bless those who had a part in his rescue!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Great rescue, that you wonderful people for having such kind hearts!!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Wow!!!! A month Amazing.... Keep strong little.guy... Prayers to you...

  10. Anonymous says:

    absolutely awesome rescue. Thanks for loving him. So sweet. so kind.

  11. Judy Williams says:

    So happy that woman was hiking and called it in, The will to survive is strong in man and animal and this dog proved it.

  12. Beth says:

    That is amazing that he was still alive after a month out there. The poor baby got lost, but it is still neglect from the owners to not know where their dog is. They are just like kids you have to watch them at all times. I am so happy that the woman came down that path to find that poor baby. God bless that woman and everyone who helped and is helping to heal that baby. God Bless you all.

  13. Massive thanks to the rescuers of this lovely dog. Please keep us posted with his recovery

  14. Anonymous says:

    faith on humanity restored

  15. Anonymous says:

    I just LOVE happy endings! Such a beautiful dog! Such a loving and conscientious woman. May God bless them both!

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  17. Ross Hicks says:

    so happy to see there is love in our world thank you so much for letting us know hope Wufra finds his family and recovers fully from his ordeal God bless you all x x

  18. Liz says:

    What a lovely story and hope that he gets a nice home.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Stories like this fills my heart with such joy! God bless you all and thank you for saving Wufra'a life!

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