Skip to comments.Man faces animal cruelty charge after abandoning dog on mountain
Posted on 08/18/2012 11:45:21 AM PDT by ColdOne
Washburn and his wife were incredulous at how this dog, tucked into a tiny nook between rocks, could have ended up where it was. The whimpering dog was, as Washburn said, "in awful shape." He was convinced it would have died if left without food or water for much longer. The couple tried to coax the dog up out of the rocks and down the mountain but it was clear the dog was too injured and weak to move.
"We knew we weren't going to be able to get her out by herself," said Washburn. "Her paws were completely raw and her elbows were torn up."
Washburn got together a group of eight volunteers and the group headed back up the mountain that Monday morning. The group found the dog with all of its wounds Washburn had tried to bandage reopened. The rocks around the dog were covered in blood, and the dog was back cowering beneath the surrounding rocks.
The group of eight hikers traveled through a full-blown snowstorm that broke out during their hike. Eventually, after a nine-hour rescue mission, the group successfully managed to bring back the broken and bruised dog in a hiker's oversized backpack.
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But criminal charges are ridiculous.
I am a dog lover. I also believe in property rights. This should be a property dispute. No cruelty charge, it was his dog.
Dog is quoted as saying: "Two minutes alone with that cowardly, disloyal @#$%. That's all. Just. Two. Minutes."
Yes, it was his dog and he abandoned it and left it to die, for whatever reason. As far as he is concerned his dog is dead. The people who went back for the dog did what he would not do so with regard to the property issue after 8 days he had abandoned "the property" in question. The dog (property) should go to the ones who found her and saved her. He was stupid beyond belief to place her in that situation in the first place.
Finders-Keepers. Of course the rescuers should keep the ABANDONED dog. Jerk could have gone back for her if he’d cared enough. Rescuers did all the hard work.
Else they should charge him Search and Rescue charges that are appropriate to the amount of work they did, and not release the dog until fully paid.
It’s not like he left his iPod up there. The dog may be property but he willfully abandoned it and made no attempt to get it back when he could.
That sounds like a donation to me. You don’t get that back.
The first time this was posted about the dog, the sheriff was deciding whether or not to charge the owner for cruelty. So, he did according to this report. Good.
I’ll say what I did before. He thought his dog was dead so it is to him. He has a dead dog and the rescurers have a living dog.
My Yorkie is a 4 lb. living dog and I wouldn’t leave her anywhere to die. She depends on me for her safety and I will keep her safe no matter what I have to do.
If you were really a dog lover, you would be outraged at the actions of the owner.
Give him a year or two. I’m sure that, eventually, he’ll find another loving companion he can hurt and betray as just as much.
Please explain why a pet deliberately left to die a cruel, unnecessary death is not a criminal act? If this dog’s owner had chosen to put it out of its misery in a humane way, he would’ve been within his rights, as well as kinder to the animal.
Yes, animals are the property of the owners, but they are not furniture. We owe them food, water, shelter and what care we can afford to give.
Criminal charges are ridiculous. It isn’t like he abandoned the dog in his back yard. If you go out into rough country, you can find yourself in danger of dying. If a storm was moving in, and he didn’t have the equipment to take the dog out...abandon the dog.
Most of those saying otherwise have never been in the position of needing to worry about losing their life.
A real man with love in his heart would have found a way to get his injured dog down that mountain.
Thank goodness for the Angels who came across him and saved his life!
Tell me how you would prosecute that case.
“If this dogs owner had chosen to put it out of its misery in a humane way, he wouldve been within his rights, as well as kinder to the animal.”
Let me see if I’ve got this right...you think the original owner should have bashed the dog’s head in with a rock. Correct?
Me? I would have to know any dog I owned was actually dead.
Even if I thought they were, I would at least attempt a recovery for a decent burial.
I'm just saying criminal charges are excessive.
That’s disgusting. He left that suffering animal to die, and she was lying there for 8 days, because he didn’t care enough to even go back. He’s willing to do the climb for fun, but not to try to rescue the poor dog which was HIS responsibility?
That little red mini dachsy looks like my little Buck!!! My other one - Oscar is a black & tan!!!
I want just him, me, the same mountain and a PUSH.
How do you find a dog on a mountain? How many days would he have needed to look?
I once needed 3 days to find a dog that got loose, and that was in a small town & he probably was never more than 2 miles from my house.
Either we both would have come down that mountain, together... or else we both would have stayed right THERE, together.
NO one in my FAMILY gets left behind!! My old Jack weighs in at 132 and I wold have found a way to get him out. That old boy loves me and trusts me and I will not betray that trust.
If I could not do it by myself, I would have got down that mountain and rounded up every able bodied dog lover in Hayfork to help me; and there would have been plenty of volunteers.
As for bringing charges against the sunofabitch that left the dog; no, no charges, just a rope and a tree limb.
God will make plenty more lazy, selfish SOBs in this world but God only makes so many loyal companions.
HE left her there, but a rescue team managed to find her and get her out. It’s not like she was running away. Pure laziness and cruelty.
I am confused about the accusation. Did he tie the dog up so he couldn’t follow? Or hide from him and ditch in some way?
If not, I don’t understand how he “abandoned” him. The dog could follow, and chose not to, right? Was he supposed to catch and carry the dog?
It’s also important to mention that another hiker passed them and heard them talking about “bailing”, but the hiker had no idea that meant they were leaving the dog. They didn’t even ask the hiker for help, which he said he would have provided.
“Either we both would have come down that mountain, together... or else we both would have stayed right THERE, together. “
Sounds like someone in Seattle. In the mountains, that would be a good way to die. Your choice, but dying with your dog isn’t my idea of nobility.
When your dog is old, will you put him down or wait until natural death overtakes him?
I hardly know where to start for this one...
The dog owner felt responsible for a younger hiker, yet took along another helpless being. He brought no gear for that helpless creature, apparently neither food and water containers, nor booties to protect her feet.
OK, so it’s time to get the younger hiker down from the mountain and he doubts his ability to take the wounded dog down too. So why not return the next day with gear to do that?
The unfeeling jerk left her to die a painful death. With that kind of stewardship, he is not to expect Missy’s return.
Far as criminal charges, I do think the callous bugger can use the lesson, but the right thing is to ensure he repays every penny he’s cost to recover Missy’s health. Fines and fees to the “justice system” don’t make it right.
If the Washburns or any other of the mntn rescue group want to give her a home, they’ve paid already with their sweat and time, and she can’t have found a better home.
I would lie down and DIE with my dog before I walked away and heft him there alone.
If he were dead I would carry him until I fell and could go no more. I would NEVER leave him.
This man is subhuman and there are too many more like him. Cruelty to an animal that has loved and trusted you deserves nothing less than slow, painful death.
Benji is my seventh dog, in nearly sixty years of living. I've already had to do that more than once, thank you.
There's a vast, yawning and (for most folks, at any rate) readily comprehensible difference between someone dying of natural causes, and leaving a loved one to die -- alone and afraid -- in the cold and the wild.
Just to pass along the information, the “younger hiker” was 19.
You’ve been in that position? A 14,000’ peak, rough terrain, and a storm moving in? And you went back to look for the dog days later, somewhere on the mountainside?
Did you find the dog? “Several times”, in your own words?
I’ve had dogs get loose. One took 3 days to find, and that was all in level terrain within a couple of miles of my house. The other made it back after a day...he probably never went more than a mile from my house, although I wasn’t able to find him.
Here is how another article describes the terrain:
“Mount Bierstadt in Clear Creek County, a 14,000-foot peak near Denver that is categorized as a 14er because, as Washburn said, the peak is over 14,000 feet high and considered a Class 3, meaning it is not the most difficult but its too difficult for a dog to be on it or an inexperienced person.”
Please click the link.
The Republic you save may be your own.
So are you saying that an owner cannot be guilty of cruelty because he owns the dog?
“...and leaving a loved one to die — alone and afraid — in the cold and the wild.”
A dog that weighs over 100 lbs, on a 14,000’ mountain?
If the dog refuses to move, and you don’t have both special equipment and lots of help, then the dog AIN’T coming down. If it were me, I would go back, but it would take blind luck to find the dog a few days after the storm. The rescuers were only able to do so because the dog became too weak to move on its own from where one person stumbled upon it.
Thanks, I’d not seen that in any of the articles I’d read.
Holy crap. What a turd this dog owner is.
He just left it to die.
Hopefully the cruelty charges will make sure the dog stays with the rightful owner, the one who cared enough for it to rescue it.
All 4 of my pack are pound puppies; got old Jack 12 years ago, and will never understand why I waited 5 years after my old Rolly died to find Jack. Honey is 2 years old now and was scheduled to die in the pound because she had a lot of health problems when I found her. I always tell my wife that Honey represents my brand shiny new M1A rifle that I was saving all that money for, still think I got the better deal. George and Sophie are the new kids and still learning the ropes. Sophie and George treed a bear last week that was trying to raid the chicken house, little bit of #6 shot sent it packing though. GOOD BOYS AND GIRLS.
This guy is just blowing smoke!
A dog that weighs over 100 lbs, on a 14,000 mountain?
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