August 15th, 2012 15:59 EST
Outrage: Man Leaves His Pooch Stranded On Top Of Mountain
"Animal authorities in Colorado said they are deciding whether to return a dog left on top of a mountain to the owner who left her there.
The German shepherd, Missy, was rescued by volunteers about 13,000 feet up on Mount Bierstadt Aug. 6 after she was seen wandering on the mountain by witnesses who notified their fellow hikers on 14ers.com, The Denver Post reported Wednesday.
Anthony Ortalani, the dog`s owner, said he was forced to leave her behind on the mountain because she was unable to walk due to blisters and he was responsible for getting a young hiker off the mountain before the arrival of an oncoming storm."
I can understand Ortalani temporarily leaving his dog at the top of the mountain, because he had to bring a young hiker down the mountain before a storm hit.
But there is no excuse for Ortalani leaving his dog at the summit and returning home, because he didn`t want to lose his job.
My pooch, Mandy, means more to me than my job or a million bucks. I would not have left that mountain until I was reunited with my faithful canine companion.
Missy shouldn`t be returned to her disloyal owner, she should be given to an animal lover who will do right by her.
Missy is doing fine, and as for her owner, he doesn`t deserve to ever again have a pet.
Photo Credit: Wikipedia.Org (Generic puppy, not Missy)
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