|Sawtooth Ridge, A Popular Hike on Mt.Bierstadt|
|Scott & Amanda Washburn|
Frantic with worry, the Washburns called everyone they knew, started a Facebook page on behalf of the dog, and posted a plea for help on a hikers' website.
Two days later, they headed back up the mountain with 8 volunteers, only to be caught in a snowstorm on the way up.
|Getting Missy off the Mountain|
Although weak and badly dehydrated, the dog suffered no permanent damage. The owner, who had left her there on August 5 because she had lacerated her paws too badly to walk, was charged with animal cruelty. After a month-long battle over custody of the dog, the owner agreed to relinquish custody as part of a plea deal to get the charges reduced.
The dog had spent over a week on the freezing mountain without food or water. She then spent a month in the animal shelter while her fate was being decided.
But she is lucky to be alive and no longer with an owner who would (albeit unknowingly) cause her to be injured and then abandon her for dead.