Emaciated dogs found by motorcyclist

Posted 9/8/11

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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Emaciated dogs found by motorcyclist

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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 animals’ condition.

“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 amazing.”

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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