Missy the dog, stranded by owner on mountain, will live with rescuer

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Missy was rescued Monday by volunteers. Her owner, Anthony Joseph Ortolani, faces animal cruelty charges. (Photo courtesy: Alex Gelb)
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“My personal opinion is that nobody should take a pet along with them on their dangerous sports & hobbies events! Typical example here, that dog could have died…if you want to risk your own life, fine, but leave those who can’t speak for themselves…at home!”

The owner of a dog rescued from a Colorado fourteener last month after he had to abandon her to help a friend down the mountain has agreed to give the 5-year-old pooch to one of her rescuers.

Anthony Ortolani, 31, faced charges of animal cruelty for leaving his German shepherd/rotweiller mix, Missy, behind on the saddle between Mt. Bierstadt and Mt. Evans.

He will plead guilty to a less serious violation of a Clear Creek County ordinance, said his lawyer, Jennifer Edwards, founder and attorney with The Animal Law Center.

Missy was stranded for eight days before rescuers found her bloodied and close to death on the ridge.

Ortolani received death threats after the story broke, he said Sunday. The threats have made him concerned for his family, and for Missy as well, he said.

Discussions leading to the plea bargain included talk of him giving the dog up, said Edwards, but are not the reason for his surrendering the animal.

“I don’t want to give her up, I love her, but those people risked life and limb to get her out of there and that has got to be worth something,” he said.

Ortolani is an experienced climber who has submitted seven of the state’s fourteeners, and Missy accompanied him on six of those climbs, he said.

Ortolani was climbing with the 19-year-old son of a friend.

Bad weather was moving in, and the canine, whose feet were blistered and bleeding, was unable to walk.

When his climbing companion’s water supply broke, Ortolani decided it was time to come down. The two men tried to carry the 112 pound dog over the rocks for two hours. “Lifting and carrying her over that type of terrain is exhausting,” he said.

He decided to leave her there and help his partner down, he added.

Ortolani called a friend who contacted the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office and asked if a search and rescue party could get to the dog. The friend was told that the region was too dangerous and search and rescue doesn’t rescue animals.

Edwards said mountain communities should make some provisions for rescuing stranded pets. “We would hope that there be some sort of process in place to assist animal owners who choose to take their beloved pets up into the mountains,” she said.

News Link:-http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_21558095/missy-dog-stranded-by-owner-mountain-will-live

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Magistrate ‘sickened’ by starved dog

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A man who allowed his dog to starve to death through neglect has been fined $2000 and disqualified from being in charge of a pet for five years.

Melbourne Magistrates Court today heard Troy Simpson, 30, failed to provide sufficient food for his six-year-old Staffordshire pit bull terrier-cross, Missy, over two weeks in September and October last year.

The court heard an ambulance officer from Lort Smith Animal Hospital attended Simpson’s home, in the Melbourne‘s northern suburbs, on October 11 and found the dog dead in a kennel in the backyard.

The officer described the dog as being in a “shocking condition” and in an “extremely emaciated” state, the court heard.

Inspector Jason Nichols, for the RSPCA, told the court Simpson’s offence was at the serious end of the scale of animal cruelty.

Simpson pleaded guilty to one count of inflicting aggravated cruelty on an animal.

Magistrate Ian Watkins told the court he was sickened by photographs of the dead dog and that Simpson had no excuse for neglecting the animal.

“I couldn’t imagine the pain and suffering that animal went through as it suffered from malnutrition,” he said.

“There is no excuse for neglecting that animal in the way you did.”

Simpson’s defence counsel, who refused to give her first name when approached by The Age and asked that she be referred to as Miss Fischer, conceded in court that Missy died in “nasty circumstances”.

She told the court Simpson had left Missy in his backyard when he moved out of his property and began living with his ill sister, and only checked on the dog at nights.

“He knew she was getting skinnier but the light outside the back wasn’t good and he didn’t want to upset the neighbours,” she said. She told the court Simpson had fallen out with his neighbours.

Miss Fischer told the court Simpson had owned Missy since she was an eight-week-old pup and was worried about her condition, and had planned to buy some food once a Centrelink payment was made.

Simpson was on a pension for an intellectual disability, she said. But the court was told the dog was neglected for a long time.

Inspector Nichols said the veterinarian who examined Missy’s body at the animal hospital found the dog was “severely emaciated” with its bones visible, faecal staining consistent with diarrhoea and that her left eye was ulcerated.

“The veterinarian held the view anyone who would have seen the dog would have realised she needed urgent veterinary attention,” Inspector Nichols said.

Simpson was also ordered to pay $440 in court costs.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/magistrate-sickened-by-starved-dog-20120706-21lhz.html#ixzz20AWDqbJF

Owner faces charges in shooting of dog

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HOWARD — A 35-year-old man is facing criminal charges after police say he shot his dog in the neck because the animal would not stop urinating in his apartment.

The dog, a 1½-year-old female hound mix named Missy, ran away after being shot, and survived the incident Saturday night in the 2600 block of Lavender Lane.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Department is recommending charges of animal cruelty and endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon.

According to the sheriff’s department, deputies responding to reports of gunshots found the suspect outside his apartment building holding a shovel about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Reports indicate the man smelled of alcohol and admitted he had been drinking.

After police found pools of blood at the scene, the man said he “gave the dog one last meal and wanted to get it over quickly.” He also told deputies he shot the dog “point blank” but the animal took off running as he continued shooting at it.

Police reported recovering a semi-automatic Ruger handgun that was “still warm.”

The sheriff’s department also reported that the man told deputies he had a shovel in his hands because he intended to use the shovel to “finish it off,” referring to the dog.

The suspect was taken to a local hospital for a legal blood draw, but results were not available today, Capt. David Konrath said in written statement. He was then transported to the Brown County Jail.

Village of Howard Animal Control officer Monica Huff transported the dog to the Green Bay Animal Clinic, where its life was saved, the sheriff’s department said in a statement released today. The dog is currently recovering at a foster residence.

The dog’s medical treatment cost $1,300 and Howard has taken the responsibility for the medical costs, but is accepting donations to offset the cost.

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