Fort Collins friends rescue dog stranded in mountains

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A couple of Fort Collins friends rescue a starving, abandoned dog, twice. First, off the mountain. Then, out of a shelter.

It all started on Saturday, February 2. David King was hiking in the Bobcat Ridge area when they came across a 3 year old plot hound.

King said, “she was exhausted, she needed water, she needed food. She needed all sorts of stuff. She didn’t want to do anything. She was pretty exhausted. Every time we tried to get her to go, she would lay down and looked like she was ready to die. I couldn’t let that happen.”

So David and a friend decided to carry her down the trail, about 3-and-a-half miles. They took turns every 350 feet because even at 35 pounds, the dog was heavy to carry.

They turned her over to the park ranger, who took her to the shelter. And once she was checked out and given a clean bill of health, King tried to find her a good home.

He couldn’t take her in, so he started asking friends and family to adopt her. Then he posted her picture and the story of her rescue on Facebook. King said, “I was a little attached. I saved it off the trail!”

It didn’t take long for one of King’s friends to come forward and decide to adopt the dog.

Curtis Pittman already has one dog at home, and decided he could handle another one. Pittman said, “We’re going to keep watching her and give her a high protein diet, put some weight back on her. She’ll be inside living on the couch, living the high life I guess.”

They say she is laid back and adjusting to her new life and her new name: KIA. King said, “We named her KIA because it reminded us of a KIA (car). She was just so exhausted, but she made it. Just like a KIA.”

When she was found, she was not micro-chipped and had no tags. King said the ranger told him the dog was probably used to track mountain lions.

Pittman and King promise to give her a better life. “Yeah, she’ll probably be spoiled a little..not gonna lie,” King said.

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