A dog rescue story usually has a simple template. A pooch gets in trouble, the owner asks for help, then rescuers show up, and give the dog back to the owner. However, in this rescue story, the rescuers of this German shepherd refused to give her back to her owner.
Of course, everyone will be surely wondering why, and the answer is simple. The owner was negligent of her dog, and to put it bluntly, he left her for dead. Anthony Ortolani was hiking a 14,000-foot mountain in Colorado with his friend’s 19-year-old son, and his own dog, Missy.
But at 13,000 feet, they faced some difficulties. The teenager’s water bottle broke, and Missy’s paws got injured and she couldn’t walk anymore. They tried carrying her down the mountain but she was too heavy for them to lug around. They had to make a harsh decision to leave her up there and ask for help from the authorities.
Unfortunately, the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office declined the request as they do not do search hand rescue operations for animals. Luckily for Missy, a couple hiking the same mountain took matters into their own hands. These are Scott and Amanda Washburn. They gave the pooch some food and water but unfortunately, they couldn’t carry her down the mountain.
When the Washburns got home, they posted about Missy and her location on social media. After a couple of days, a rescue team comprised of local hikers were formed. When they got there, they carried her on a backpack down the mountain and into safety. She has been stranded for eight days with little food and water, but Missy survived.
When they got her down the mountain, the rescuers explained that they will not be giving her back to her owner, Anthony because of his negligence. Instead, the pooch was brought to a local animal shelter to wait until her future is decided by a judge. After a long custody battle, Missy has now found a forever home with one of her rescuers. Surely this time, Missy will never be neglected like before.
Credits: ABC News