Man charged with animal cruelty for leaving dog on mountain
Legal panel weighs in on the case
- Duration 5:36
- Date Aug 20, 2012
Legal panel weighs in on the case
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Docket today abandoned at thirteen thousand feet a man climbing one of Colorado's tallest mountains now faces animal cruelty charges.
After the sheriff says he left his wounded German shepherd mix behind.
Some other hikers found the dog named -- who was in very bad shape and couldn't make it down the mountain on around.
Plus -- 112 pounds -- was too big to carry so those hikers left her some water and some food.
-- hikes down the mountain and then organize their own rescue effort and eventually missy was saved.
It's is this Circuit Court.
And same with all orgasm and -- that night you know we we knew this -- this dog's life was in jeopardy and we thought you know there's something that we can do.
Right now my as -- do we would have a heck of -- time trying to sleep that night if we would not have gone.
Now the dog owner wants her back.
Turning now to discuss at least -- Fox News legal analyst and mark I -- who is a former prosecutor now defense attorney.
Are right -- so big guy left the dog wants her back.
And he's also facing animal cruelty charges.
Does the outcome of the criminal case determine the question about whether he gets her.
Well of course the fees charged and convicted of animal cruelty he'll never get misty back but the point here Megan is that.
-- -- -- -- on to this is this a hike this mountainous -- -- on.
Not even caring about what was gonna happen to her and then left her and not only -- he in danger missy the dog teenagers all the other hikers you've just ain't just played this SoundBite.
With all the other hikers that look we could lead to stop behind vehicle after the stop what is something happened those hikers -- he says mark that he was trying to help.
A human being get down the mountain as opposed to the dog.
And says you know he thought after a couple of days that the dog.
Was like we no longer alive.
Yet let me say this I would have done things a little differently but not too differently.
Let's understand what he's alleging he say he brought the dug up on a hike.
I don't hikes I don't know if -- -- supposed to bring up a dog or not but apparently they do bring up dogs and they come down safely often.
So that's not the problem the problem -- the dog was severely injured somehow and a fluke accident.
Then weather problems kicked in.
He tried with his partner to lower the dog down a 112 pound dog using ropes -- -- that didn't work he then allegedly according to his own statement.
Lift of the dog up and tried to bounce from boulder to boulder to save the dog's life.
He dropped the dog once by accident and it almost -- Why don't get as he tried to jump you're hearing and it's a 112 -- -- at least it.
Hard 800 while -- -- you're not talking lot of light reading all and I you're talking about the Colorado mountain island finish then I don't let me you're -- -- -- aren't that big moment as soon as it gets down he calls 911.
He called the sheriff's deputy any colts search and rescue.
And they all said.
No we can't go up there right and then but that the thing -- least there was secret option number two.
Which he's that good.
These do gooders right the hikers who had no connection with the dog product which is why we organize our search and rescue for this.
It is animal and that's exactly how -- was -- it good for that but put their lives imperil and that's been sent the doc ownership of -- that look you take a 112 pound dog up.
-- -- that again it's not a hiker on the apparently this is that these -- the mountains of Colorado shouldn't normally do that day.
These should foresee that something bad could happen and see you should foresee you can put hikers other people in jeopardy for your action you -- -- And apparently when she was so he goes down I understand weather conditions are bad and I moments as we don't do it for dogs we don't we don't do the rescue efforts because we don't endanger human lives.
But you can find a surgeon and rescue team of your own you your friends your family because what have what was happening up in the mountains issue was up there for six nights I think.
Was -- Was how worrying.
In that -- -- this the rocks found covered in blood.
Her paws were completely raw her elbows were torn up and her owner was sitting down you know the base of the mountain just moving on.
Forgetting about we're missing you tell me.
Matches this man as I.
I got back.
Let me say this as I said earlier I would do things differently if my -- -- little Angel was up there I'd be back up the next day I do whatever it -- Now the question is legally.
Legally did he do all that he could.
Maybe morally the answers no and that -- trickles into whether he should get the dog bad fan I don't -- -- the penalty is.
Well as he shouldn't but I -- agent on July interrupt me today I'm finished -- would have -- cut kinda it kinda give me a second.
That's what I'd like to see is a hearing.
I'd like this guy to have to testify in front of a judge I'd like all the facts to be brought out because you read articles on the subject they -- -- put a few paragraphs and they -- out his version I.
I don't understand -- how we ever get to the point where we say okay.
We you try it does said its -- gonna try again I just assume she's dead yet no evidence -- -- dead.
He -- up there.
Why -- can't find I have property is a double be treated as property X and that's the end of the matter forget how the animal cruelty case comes out as -- -- whether he gets that dog or the people who founder.
In an open and shocked absolutely abandonment and reckless endangerment.
To human beings -- -- not just the dog not dismissing all right guys they have even at that donors who found -- named lucky.
I'd like lines up with them she may be we'll continue to follow this -- Mark thank you both.
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