|Barked: Thu Aug 16, '12 8:20pm PST |
|The article has a link to the forum that organized the rescue. You can read through to get the full story as the owner of the dog posted numerous times.
Apparently the dog had injured paws and after they tried to haul her down the trail, and being bumped and dropped, she refused to walk anymore and wouldn't budge. Nasty weather was moving in so they made the decision to leave the dog.
The owner called SAR, was told that they don't rescue dogs. He called AC and was told that they don't deal with dogs in non-accessible places (or something to that effect).
The owner tries to offer up explanations on the forum, but IMO, they all fall really short. Badly blistered feet is what kept him from going back up to save his dog (really?!), and he pretty much convinced himself that after a few days in, the dog was dead anyways.
The part that I really, really don't understand is that they didn't go back out to look for her (frankly, even if his dog HAD died up there, the "leave no trace" backpacking ethic dictates that he should have gone back up there for her body and brought her down off the mountain). They didn't post flyers at the trailhead or leave them under people's windshields there. They didn't try to round up friend and family to help them or try to reach out to the local hiking/mountaineering community!
I can't imagine leaving my dog and then not returning for her...heck, I can't imagine coming across a random dog in the middle of nowhere and leaving it behind!
So, no, because he abandoned her and left her for dead, I don't think that Missy should be returned to him.
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