Hundreds of calls have been received as people vie for the opportunity to care for Missy. A German Shepard mix, she was stranded in a mountain crevice for eight days. Amanda and Scott Washburn were hiking on Mount Evans, some 14,000 feet up when they came upon Missy. "She was not making any noise. It was really weird, and not a place for a dog to be." recalled Washburn. Rain and snow on this Colorado peak made the situation that much more dire.
Dehydrated, bleeding and suffering from a severe upper respiratory infection, Missy could not free herself from the tight grasp of this crevice. She was given food and water and the Washburns agonizingly left her to find help. They soon knew that the rescue organizations in the area would not involve themselves as Missy is a dog... humans only are their policies. Going online, they found 'climbing site 14ers.com' and a group of eight, including Scott, began a mountaineering trek to save Missy. Rigging a makeshift sling, these rescuers were able to carefully extract Missy from her confines. Weighing approximately 100 pounds, they took turns carrying her downward in a large backpack.
Immediately taken to a veterinarian, Missy was proclaimed a "Miracle Dog."
Once the story reached the media, a man named Anthony Ortolani stated that this dog was his. He told a story of hiking with Missy, her descent into the crevice and his inability to help her. Washburn was clearly upset when he stated, "I'm a huge animal lover and the thought that someone would abandon their dog up there is just appalling to me." Ortolani proclaimed that he did everything he could to resolve Missy's situation, and then stated that he wanted her back. However, August 17, 2012 saw Ortolani charged with Cruelty to Animals. Missy is expected to make a full recovery while residing at the vet's. She is currently in the custody of the county. The decision as to who will care for Missy will be decided on the next court date... October 16, 2012.