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Tucson Tails and Trails: Dog Friendly Hiking Message Board › A Dog Left to Die on the Mountain

A Dog Left to Die on the Mountain

Bill B.
user 3517420
Sahuarita, AZ
Post #: 154
A Dog Left to Die on the Mountain

A German Shepherd is found at 13,000 feet, and rescued after surviving seven nights in the cold. How did she get there, and what happened to her owner?

Two men struggle with a dog. The rocks are large and unstable, her paws are shredded, and a storm is coming. They lower her from boulder to boulder. Each time she touches down, she lands in pain. The clouds are growing, and now she doesn’t move. So one man drapes her across his shoulders. He jumps from boulder to boulder on blistered feet, and he drops her. They give her the last of their water. Then, they leave.

She couldn’t walk, but she could wait. At first, for her owner, then for the couple that found her on the verge of death—and vowed to bring her down the mountain alive. They returned expecting to carry her the entire way. She refused. After surviving eight days and seven nights alone at 13,000 feet, Missy traveled the final miles of Mt. Bierstadt as she had climbed them—under her own power...

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A former member
Post #: 157
Wow. Certainly a lucky dog.

To anybody who read the full story - How do you feel about the owner's punishment? Too harsh? What would you have done?
Bill B.
user 3517420
Sahuarita, AZ
Post #: 155
Anthony Ortolani, Man Who Left Dog On Mount Bierdstadt Sentenced

The owner of a 5-year-old German shepherd that was left at the summit of Mount Bierdstadt last August was sentenced on Tuesday.

Anthony Ortolani pleaded guilty to a charge of animal cruelty in October after it was discovered he had left his dog Missy at the top of a 14,060-foot mountain. Missy was left to fend for herself on the mountain's rocky summit for eight days.

Ortolani was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation and 30 hours of community service as part of a plea agreement, avoiding any time in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Hikers discovered the 112-pound dog alone on Mount Bierdstadt with bloodied paws and coordinated a volunteer effort. They were able to carry her down safely in a backpack over about nine hours...

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