When Ortolani and his friend finally made it safely off the mountain and called 911, however, they discovered that Mt. Bierstadt rangers are not allowed to send rescues for dogs.This is certainly interesting. I suppose Captain Hindsight says you probably shouldn't bring a dog or person on a hike they can't physically do themselves.
Missy wasn't seen again until two hikers discovered her six days later. They, too, were unable to rescue her, but they posted a picture of the dog on a popular hiking website, which eventually prompted an eight-person volunteer crew to make a successful rescue -- despite a snowstorm.
The incident has sparked an outpouring of opinions. Ortolani goes to trial in October.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Hiker Leaves Dog on Mountain, Charged With Animal Cruelty