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Hiker climbs 13,000ft to rescue Missy the German Shepherd after owner left it to die
UK Daily Mail ^ | 8-16-2012 | Emily Anne Epstein

Posted on 08/17/2012 11:47:30 AM PDT by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

Two Denver hikers are locked in a bitter battle over the fate of a German Shepard named Missy, who was abandoned by one and then rescued by another at 13,000 feet.

Scott Washburn found the dog bloodied and near-death atop Colorado's Mt Bierstadt and then organized a search and rescue party to save her.

He wants to keep the dog, alleging that Anthony Ortolani lacks the ability or compassion to care for the creature, which went without food and water for eight days.

But Mr Ortolani says he didn't abandon the animal, an oncoming storm forced him to choose between staying by her side and perishing, or going down the mountain without her.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2189640/Canine-custody-battle-Hiker-climbed-13-000ft-rescue-Missy-German-Shepherd-wants-owner-forced-leave-dog-mountain.html#ixzz23pYWurwx

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: dog; doggieping; germanshepherd; hero; kindness; love
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

What a beautiful girl. I hope that the man who rescued her is able to keep her.


2 posted on 08/17/2012 11:51:29 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

That’s one tough situation. In a life-or-death situation, a person’s life is worth more than an animal’s. So, I don’t blame the owner for making that choice. Still, the rescuer went above-and-beyond to save the dog’s life. I would say that he earned her.


3 posted on 08/17/2012 11:59:00 AM PDT by Sark
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To: trisham

I can understand why the owner felt forced to abandon her, but I don’t understand why he didn’t go back later to try to rescue her.


4 posted on 08/17/2012 11:59:39 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

Anthony, the guy that abandoned her, doesn’t deserve her. He left her to save his own worthless hide. That dog wouldn’t have abandoned him if he’d been injured... Just goes to show why I like dogs more than most people.

The guy that put himself at risk to rescue Missy is the guy that needs to keep her. He proved himself by doing what he could for her and going back for her.

I’d never leave my GSD’s to die like that. NEVER.


5 posted on 08/17/2012 11:59:52 AM PDT by BCR #226 (02/07 SOT www.extremefirepower.com...The BS stops when the hammer drops.)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

When the dog’s original owner left her behind to die on the mountain, and did not return to attempt a rescue, he gave up his rights to the dog. This dog should belong to the kind folks who mounted the rescue. Also, dogs are not suited to mountain climbing. They suffer terribly when forced to climb rocky mountains.


6 posted on 08/17/2012 12:00:52 PM PDT by ladyrustic (Get in the face of a liberal in honor of Breitbart.)
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7 posted on 08/17/2012 12:01:24 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

It may seem crazy to people who don’t have pets, but I 100% guarantee that if I have to choose between the dog and life, I choose the dog.

We humans have a special responsibility that we implicitly accept when we adopt an animal. You should no more leave your dog to die on a mountain than your child.

I am now ready for people to rip into me for equating the two...


8 posted on 08/17/2012 12:01:24 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (obozo could bring back literal slavery with chains and still he will get 85+% of the black vote)
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To: trisham

A good dog would die for their owner.....

Too bad some owners would not at least try harder to save their dog.

My vote? Finders Keepers.


9 posted on 08/17/2012 12:06:10 PM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: ladyrustic

You are so right, a dog is not a goat, they don’t have hooves for mountain climbing.

The rescuers deserve her.


10 posted on 08/17/2012 12:06:57 PM PDT by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage (You had me at 'Meat Tornado'.)
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To: ladyrustic
Also, dogs are not suited to mountain climbing. They suffer terribly when forced to climb rocky mountains.

That was what I was thinking. The original owner showed poor judgement from the start and proved his unsuitableness as a dog owner.
12 posted on 08/17/2012 12:10:34 PM PDT by PA Engineer ("We're not programs, Gerty, We're People")
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To: freedumb2003

I agree with you 100%. I would never leave my dog, never, ever, WON’T do it.....


13 posted on 08/17/2012 12:11:18 PM PDT by neverbluffer
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

Awww...what a pretty girl.


15 posted on 08/17/2012 12:14:49 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Dogs + stress = If you can't eat it or play with it, pee on it and waIlk away.)
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To: BCR #226

Our Gsd is family and will never just be left behind.


16 posted on 08/17/2012 12:16:36 PM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: Sark

I totally disagree. I have a GSD and if something happened to her, I would carry her out of anything. These dogs are totally loyal and was probably waiting for her master to come back. You don’t just let a friend lay there and die. He has no right to this animal.


17 posted on 08/17/2012 12:17:33 PM PDT by RC2 (Support the Wounded Warrior Project......please.)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

No brainer. Belongs to the guy who rescued her.
Just ask Missy...


18 posted on 08/17/2012 12:20:53 PM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

Keep the cops away from that dog.


19 posted on 08/17/2012 12:22:09 PM PDT by Principled (Vote Romney to stop Obama. Vote for conservative Reps and Senators to stop Romney. [ZET 7/30/12])
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To: Sark
That’s one tough situation. In a life-or-death situation, a person’s life is worth more than an animal’s. So, I don’t blame the owner for making that choice. Still, the rescuer went above-and-beyond to save the dog’s life. I would say that he earned her.

I agree with his initial decision to leave the dog and survive himself, but he made no attempt to go back up for her.

20 posted on 08/17/2012 12:23:02 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Eat Mor Chikin!)
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