The Douglas County search and rescue team members had a Labor Day they won’t soon forget when they rescued a pair of emaciated dogs from a remote …
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The Douglas County search and rescue team members had a Labor
Day they won’t soon forget when they rescued a pair of emaciated
dogs from a remote Rampart Range trail.
The dogs were reported missing the Thursday before the long
holiday weekend and were found Sept. 5 by a dirt bike rider who
found the dogs on a trail about 10 miles from the trail head. The
biker went out alone that day and was riding on the Skeleton Trail
off Rampart Range Road in the Pike National Forest when the dogs
emerged from the woods.
The dogs appeared starving, with their ribs and bones showing,
and were not able to walk on their own out of the woods. The biker,
who chronicled the experience on an online blog, filmed the dogs
emerging from the woods and enlisted the help of several passersby
to aid in the rescue. People who stopped to help with the animals
gave them water and food while waiting for a rescue team.
The Douglas County search and rescue team launched their effort
around 2:30 p.m., with the help of about a dozen volunteer team
members, many of whom came armed with dog treats for the animals,
said Jim Carpozi, Douglas County search and rescue.
An animal control officer helped bring the dogs down in litters
pulled by an all-terrain vehicle, Carpozi said. Volunteers decided
to use litters to carry the dogs down the trail after assessing the
“When I went to put a harness on the dogs, I lifted one paw and
they literally laid down because they couldn’t stand on three
legs,” Carpozi said. “They were just sweet dogs, they were
The animals were treated at a Castle Rock veterinarian and were
expected to make a full recovery. They were reported missing Sept.
1 by an owner from Adams County, who has since been reunited with
his animals, Hanavan said. The dogs were originally reported
missing off mile marker 10 on Rampart Range Road.
They were rescued by Douglas County’s all-volunteer search and
rescue team, which occasionally recovers animals stranded with
their owners but rarely gets calls for animal rescues, Carpozi
said. Carpozi is a remodeling contractor who has been a search and
rescue volunteer since 2006.
“It was cool, it was one of those happy things,” he said. “It’s
definitely something that everyone will remember.”
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