Man Cited After Leaving Injured Dog on Mountain for 8 Days
CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colo.- Anthony Joseph Ortolani, the original owner of the German Shepherd abandoned on one of Colorado's highest mountains for eight days, is now being cited for animal cruelty.
Ortolani couldn't be reached for comment, but someone claiming to be him posted on an online climbing forum that he left "Missy" on Mount Bierstadt when a storm moved in.
He said he and another hiker had to get to safety and the dog had been badly hurt during the climb.
Ortolani is now being prosecuted for animal cruelty.
A group of hikers banded together earlier in the week, on the same online climbing forum, after a different hiker saw the injured dog on the mountain but was not able to carry her himself.
Many hikers went back in a group to rescue the dog, taking turns carrying her down the mountain in a backpack.