Do Not Give Abandoned Dog Back to Her Unfit Owner

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Target: Clear Creek County Sheriff Officials

Goal: Allow the couple who rescued an abandoned German Shepherd to adopt the dog instead of returning her to the owner who left her alone on a mountain trail

A miraculous act of human kindness and sincerity occurred recently when a group of eight climbers risked their own lives to venture through the rocky mountains of Colorado to save an abandoned German Shepherd, Missy. Colorado climbers, Scott and Amanda Washburn, first found Missy on the rocks of Sawtooth Ridge in between Mount Bierstadt and Mount Evans. Due to their lack of equipment and Missy’s critical condition, the couple could not save her immediately and decided to bandage her bloody paws and leave her with food. After being rejected by the state’s search and rescue teams, since they only respond to calls concerning humans, the couple went on to ask for help from the Denver climbing community via 14ers.com. It is also through this website that Missy’s owner come forth and asked for his dog back.

After hearing about Missy’s rescue, her owner, Anthony Ortolani, 29, was overjoyed that his dog had survived. After apologizing for his actions, he wanted his dog back. Ortolani admitted to leaving Missy on August 5 because he had to ensure the safety of a younger climber. He also stated that he called officials for help, but was rejected. The Wasburns, on the other hand, took initiative to save a dog that was not even theirs. The Washburns and six other climbers started their journey up 13,000 feet in search for Missy once more. When they found her, they carried Missy down in a backpack. She weighed about 100 pounds and carrying her down the rocks was not easy but the climbers were successful after nine hours. They endeared through harsh weather conditions to get Missy to safety.

Missy’s veterinarian stated that Missy would not suffer any permanent injuries from her abandonment. However, this custody battle over Missy will determine whether or not she may be in danger once more. The Washburns want to adopt Missy after witnessing all she has been through and Ortolani wants his dog back. It is important to acknowledge the fact that Ortolani did not attempt to go back and save his dog, nor did he realize the dangerous conditions in bringing Missy with him in the first place, and thus, he is unfit to continue to care for Missy.

Dear Clear Creek County Sheriff Officals,

The recent rescue of German Shepherd, Missy, was a miracle. Missy endured eight days of harsh weather conditions and to the dismay of all, survived through it. Scott and Amanda Washburn found her and had to leave her at the bloodied rocks in order to get more help. They left Missy with food and bandaged paws, knowing very well that Missy could die. However, they did not give up on her. The Washburns returned with six other climbers and went on a mission to save Missy. This ordeal took nine hours and they climbed up to 13,000 feet in inclement weather just to save Missy.

Missy received treatment for dehydration and other injuries, and is on her way to a full recovery. However, after all of this press and discussions on the Colorado hiker’s website, 49ers.com regarding Missy, her owner Anthony Ortolani wants her returned to him. Ortolani abandoned her claiming that he had to ensure the safety of a fellow younger hiker. Although Ortolani had the responsibility to protect his companion, he also had the responsibility of caring for Missy. Ortolani did not take any safety precautions when he had Missy climb the rocks that left her paws so injured that she was unable to walk.  Ortolani is an unfit owner and this custody battle will determine the wellbeing of Missy.

You have the power to save Missy from Ortolani, who did not even care enough to go back for her, and place her in better care with the Washburns. I urge you to do the right thing for Missy.

Sincerely.

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Scott and Amanda Washburn via 49ers.com

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10 Comments

  1. If I had been in the same situation where my animal had died, I would never have left the body there and would have called for help. The owner didn’t care at all. Anyway, this animal was alive, which makes it more horrendous. How could returning a pet to such a person even be considered?

  2. Lori Udenberg says:

    Anyone that can walk away from an animal in distress has NO right to have her back.The people that rescued her are the only one who deserve to have her.I’m sure if this guy was given a bill for cost incurred for her rescue would change his mind about wanting her.

  3. Pamela McPherson says:

    The only people that deserve to adopt this dog are Scott and Amanda Washburn, the ones who found her.

  4. Steve & Sue Cripe Steve & Sue Cripe says:

    Even if we would have had to die on the mountain with our animal, we would have stayed and all been together in the end.

  5. DO NOT DARE RETURN THAT DOG TO THAT B#$#@RD MY DOG WAS MURDERED YOU JUDGE WILL HAVE MISSYS BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS THEY WOULD NOT HAVE HER ANYWAYS SHE WOULD BE DEAD…… SO FORGET IT THAT DOG NEEDED TO B RESCUDED FROM HIM AND THEN FROM A MOUNTAIN I THINK SHE HAS BEEN THROUGH ENOUGH I WOULD RATHER DIE WITH MY DOG ON A MOUNTAIN HOW DO YOU WALK AWAY ? HOW? MEAN PEOPLE SUCK

  6. Guess I’m the lone dissenter. We all sometimes do things that we regret. I don’t think the guy is all that bad. He still loves his dog, as evidenced by the fact that he was overjoyed to see that she was OK, regretted what he’d done, had asked for help but was rejected, and is begging to get her back. If he didn’t care, he wouldn’t be interested in what happens to her.
    It all depends, though, on whether he offers to repay the rescuers a reasonable sum for their troubles. If he doesn’t, then I’m against returning him.

  7. Why is this petition still up? Why do officials allow cases like this to drag on and on? It’s simple. Ortolani had no intentions of going back for Missy. It was only when she was rescued by other people’s heroic effort that he made up a bullshit excuse and wanted her back. Let Missy live with those who value her. I hope the right thing was done.

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