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Last updated: November 12, 2012
First published: November 12, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
Research by David White, Brett Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer
A man and his son left their dog, Missy, at 13,000 ft feet as they were hiking between Mount Bierstadt and Mount Evans in Colorado.
Missy was hiking with them when her feet became too blistered to walk. The man and his soon left Missy there alone and unable to walk. Missy survived for 8 days on the mountain when another man and his wife spotted her stranded on the mountain.
She was in very poor condition, but the couple made an attempt to carry the dog the 13,000 ft back down. Any longer and Missy would not have made it.
The man that left the dog stranded on the mountain has since received all sorts of negative publicity including death threats. Missy now remains safe under the ownership of the couple that saved her.
Please show thanks to the couple by liking and sharing this post. Bless their hearts for rescuing Missy.
Anthony Ortolani of Westminster explained to KCNC last month that he accepted responsibility for taking his 112-pound German shepherd/Rottweiler mix, Missy, on a trip that became difficult for her. The owner said that Missy's paws began to bleed in the saddle area between Mount Bierstadt and Mount Evans, and that he tried to carry Missy for two hours but was unable too.
Faced with approaching bad weather and lack of water, Ortolani left Missy behind. "Carrying her down, unfortunately caused her more injury. She fought with me and squirmed off my shoulders, and I dropped her on some rocks and she got hurt worse," he said at the time.
Several days later, Missy was found, wedged in a crevice, by hikers Scott and Amanda Washburn, who provided her with food and water. The couple were unable to take the dog down themselves, but were able to alert others to Missy's plight. A rescue team was organized and, after a failed first attempt, Missy was located and brought to safety.
Anthony Ortolani later identified himself as Missy's owner and claimed that he had tried and failed to get others to help him rescue the animal and finally assumed that Missy had died. But others have questioned if Ortolani had exhausted all avenues before giving up on saving Missy. A September 19, 2012 Huffington Post write-up explains:
After coming forward, however, Ortolani said he also began receiving death threats. While he originally fought to keep custody of the dog, his chances seemed slim after Clear Creek County sheriff's officials announced they would be prosecuting him for animal cruelty, according to the Associated Press.
However, Ortolani's lawyer told 7 News that a deal had been reached this week which will allow the hiker to plead guilty to less serious violation. As part of the plea, however, Missy, re-christened Lucky, will be handed over to one of her rescuers, John Steed.
Missy's saviors are now putting together a non-profit group that will help find and rescue stranded animals.
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