Image is from Scott Washburn and copied from ABC News site
The system works! I first heard this story last week on Facebook. Robert of Seattle DogSpot asked his Facebook followers if this man should get his dog back. Everyone passionately replied ‘no’ sharing their thoughts on the situation. Many people wanted to see this Colorado man charged with animal cruelty for essentially throwing away his dog.
For those of you who haven’t heard the story, a man was on a hike with his dog who (the dog) suffered several injuries and he wasn’t able to carry the dog down so he left his dog on the mountain. You would think that he would get to the bottom and call friends, the police, animal control, and search and rescue to ask for help rescuing his loyal dog. Instead, he apparently moved on with his life.
A week later, a couple hiking found the dog (Missy) on a hike and she was barely moving. They did all the things that Missy’s owner failed to do and when I saw pictures of Missy carefully loaded up in a backpack by a group of strangers to be carried down the mountain, I shouted “YES!!!” That’s what dog lovers do!
A group of strangers came together to carry Missy down a Colorado Mountain to make sure that she gets the care that she needs. The veterinarian assures the public that Missy is doing great and will make a full recovery.
Whenever things like this happen I get so excited. I believe that things like this happen to shed light on an issue. It shows people that pets aren’t disposable. I believe that people who do something like this should never be allowed to own another pet again. A habitual drunk driver should lose their license, a child abuser should lose custody, and someone who shows disregard to animals should not be allowed near them again.
I’m so happy for Missy and excited about the life she’ll have. Families are lining up to adopt her and give her the loving home she deserves. And I’m thankful for the sacrifice that Missy made to shed light on the often overlooked problem of people thinking dogs are disposable.