A German Man Abandon’s his dog on a Colorado Mountain
Anthony Ortolani was charged with animal cruelty for abandoning his injured dog on Mt. Beirstadt in Colorado.
Hiking Mt. Bierstadt
Ortolani, his friend and Missy his dog were hiking on Mt. Beirstadt in Colorado. Missy was hurt crossing the “Saw tooth” a very rough section of the mountain. A snow storm was coming in so Ortolani and friend decided they needed to get between mountains to escape the bad weather. Missy’s paws were bloodied and she couldn’t continue across the rough terrain.
Ortolani says that he carried her for over two hours and part of the way they tried to use ropes to lower Missy down the mountain to safer area. But in lowering Missy her legs kept hitting across the mountain and she was getting more injuries to the point she could no longer stand and was no longer moving. Ortolani says he had to make the tough decision to leave Missy on the mountain because continuing to take Missy down the mountain was jeopardizing the men’s safety.
Why didn’t Ortolani go back?
Ortolani says his physical condition was significantly deteriorated and his emotional condition was not any good. He thought Missy was dead. That is way he did not try to go back for Missy. He did call a friend who contacted the Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office but was told the region was too dangerous and crews don't rescue animals.
Missy was on the mountain 8 days injured and alone suffering from dehydration and cuts on all four of her paws. With no food or water.
Fortunately two hikers in the area found her and worked very hard to save her. They did everything they could to save Missy, a dog they did not know. She was very close to death when they found her. They knew we weren’t going to be able to get her out by themself. Her paws were completely raw and her elbows were torn up. They used a first aid kit to treat Missy's wounds and then turned to 14ers.com, a social networking site for hikers, to enlist help in saving Missy.
A team of eight hikers returned to the mountain days later and persevered through a dangerous blizzard to reach Missy. They carried her down the mountain in a large hiking backpack to end a rescue mission lasting a whopping nine hours.
What would you do?
If you were faced with a dangerous situation such as this would you risk your life for your dog? Would you be able to leave your dog in harm’s way to save yourself? This is what Ortolani said "I am ashamed that it wasn't me who got her off of the mountain, I underestimated the good will and resolve of the hiking community of Colorado, and I am eternally grateful," Ortolani wrote this on a 14ers.com message board.
Ortolani now faces charges of animal cruelty. He also says he has received death threats. He initially said he would fight to retain custody of Missy but has since decided to let one of the rescuers keep Missy. He also says he has paid over $5000 in vet and boarding bills for Missy.
Should Anthony Ortolani get his dog back or should he be charged with animal cruelty? What is your opinion?